Sour Sweet

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Sour Sweet
Sour Sweet (Mo novel).jpg
Author Timothy Mo
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Fiction, Black Comedy
Publication date
ISBN 0-233-97365-6

Sour Sweet is a novel by Timothy Mo first published in 1982. Written as a 'sour sweet' comedy the story follows the tribulations of a Hong Kong Chinese immigrant and his initially reluctant wife as they attempt to make a home for themselves in 1960s[1] London.[2] It was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for 1982, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.[3]

Film adaptation[edit]

The novel was filmed as Soursweet in 1988. Mike Newell directed. Novelist Ian McEwan wrote the script.[4]


  1. ^ Marcus, Laura; Peter Nicholls (2004). The Cambridge history of twentieth-century English literature. Cambridge University Press. p. 744. 
  2. ^ Mergenthal, Silvia (1996). "Acculturation and family structure: Mo's Sour Sweet, Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia, Ishiguro's A Pale View of Hills". In Eckhard Breitinger. Defining new idioms and alternative forms of expression. Rodopi. p. 119. 
  3. ^ "Timothy Mo British Council Literature". British Council. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Soursweet".