Timothy Peter Mo was born in Hong Kong. Three of his novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Mo lived in Hong Kong until the age of 10, when he moved to Britain. His works have won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). Mo was also the recipient of the 1992 E. M. Forster Award. Since 1994, when he rejected a £125,000 advance from Random House for his next novel, he has self-published his books under the label Paddleless Press.