Adolph Ng, an effete, Canadian-educated hotel owner of Chinese origin, leads a placid existence on Danu, the eastern half of an island to the north of Australia.

He and his companions - the fiery and radical Rosa Soares, the quiet but formidable Dr Maria Nolasco da Silva, the clever but dissatisfied Raoul Garcia, and the dignified ex-seminarian Martinho Oliveira - meet in the cafes and bars to trade salacious gossip and forge the policies of FAKOUM, the government of their newly-independent homeland.

The Booker Prize 1991
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Paddleless Press
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Timothy Mo

Timothy Mo

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Timothy Peter Mo was born in Hong Kong. Three of his novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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An Insular Possession
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