Timothy Mo's first novel in a decade is set within the battle for secession in the Muslim regions of southern Thailand. Pure covers epic expanses of time and is told through narrators who range from fanatical zealots to decorated Oxbridge dons. Everything that Mo's readers expect abound in this long-awaited novel: versatile style, memorable characters, insight into those tormented by dual loyalties and the ability to handle the weightiest of themes with a light touch. By examining the cultural wars of the past and present, Pure's themes are among the most important of the day.
Pure joy from Mo... Both joyous and heartbreaking, this mash-up of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Reluctant Fundamentalist will keep you entertained and leave you sadder and wiser". -- Jake Kerridge The Sunday Express 20120408 "Flamboyant humour in a tale of terrorism... [Timothy] returns, his verbal pyrotechnics undimmed and his angry, scabrous humour intact". -- Siobhan Murphy Metro 20120411