The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

The Slickman A4 Quotation Event has taken place every 4th February since 2002, in commemoration of Russell Hoban's birth in 1925. Each year on the day, readers from around the world share their favourite quotations from his books by leaving them in public places, invariably written on yellow A4 paper (the sort he used). Fans also post photos of their quotations on this site, and these are gathered under russellhoban.org/sa4qe Which quotes will you share this year? (Photo quoting The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz from Jim Penny, 2017)

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

That trains mostly stay on rails, that the streets are mostly peaceful, that the square continues green and quiet below my window is more than I have any right to expect, and it happens every day.

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Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
Appreciation of Russell Hoban and the SA4QE fan event by Nick Campbell from the We Are Cult blog.
Page outlining the multimedia art exhibition at Bergen's Kunsthall whose title is inspired by Russell Hoban's 1980 novel Riddley Walker and also includes a copy of his first book "What Does It Do And How Does It Work" among the exhibits. From the site: "The Noing Uv It is...
Complete interview with Russell Hoban from the Serpentine Map Marathon event, London 16 October 2010, in which the author talks about how maps have influenced him and his work from his childhood to the present day.
Chris Bell discusses Russell Hoban's 1983 novel Pilgermann, finding it "the closest I’ve experienced to a life-changing novel so far."
Author Neil Gaiman presents a short programme on BBC Radio 4, first broadcast 22nd September 2015, about the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and its retelling by contemporary writers including himself, Margaret Atwood and Russell Hoban. Hoban is interviewed briefly about "lostness"; Gaiman...
Arifa Akbar reviews the RSC's The Mouse and His Child and talks to director Paul Hunter and playwright Tamsin Oglesby about the production and adaptation.
Author Anna Lawrence Pietroni explores "Riddleyspeak", which is at once familiar and strange: we have to slow our reading right down if we are to give ourselves any chance of understanding it in full. Riddley is ‘walking his riddels’ on paper and we have to read at a similarly steady pace...
Sarah Ditum writing in the Guardian says Russell Hoban's 1980 dystopian classic "is unique, melodramatic, and suggests there is more to human beings than being human".

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