The official Russell Hoban website

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

The Russell Hoban archives

The late novelist Russell Hoban's life's work has been formally archived two years after his death. Writer and journalist Paul Cooper was recruited to catalogue the manuscripts and letters, which run to over 800 items in 21 boxes, and include classic works such as Riddley Walker and The Mouse and His Child. Working at Hoban's London home of 40 years, Cooper uncovered some fascinating items including early drafts of Riddley Walker in standard English, letters from Harold Pinter, an invitation to the White House and unpublished children's story Jim Hedgehog's Midnight Saxophone. Read Paul's fascinating article on the project

 

Latest news

Rosie's Magic Horse

A stage production of Rosie's Magic Horse, based on the young children's book by Russell Hoban, is running in London from 3rd to 20th December.

Walker Books have announced the release of two more classic collaborations for publication in 2014 and 2015.

Walker Picture Books have issued new editions of two children's books by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"Jachin-Boaz traded in maps. He bought and sold maps, and some, of certain kinds for special uses, he made or had others make for him. That had been his father's trade, and the walls of his shop that had been his father's were hung with glazed blue oceans, green swamps and grasslands, brown and orange mountains delicately shaded. Maps of towns and plains he sold, and other maps made to order. He would sell a young man a map that showed where a particular girl might be found at different hours of the day. He sold husband maps and wife maps. He sold maps to poets that showed where thoughts of power and clarity had come to other poets. He sold well-digging maps. He sold vision-and-miracle maps to holy men, sickness-and-accident maps to physicians, money-and-jewel maps to thieves, and thief maps to the police."

Sample site content

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Novelist Will Self reflects on Russell Hoban's influence on him and remembers their conversation event at the British Library in 2011.
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Tom is so good at fooling around that he does little else. His Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong, who thinks this is too much like having fun, calls upon the fearsome Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen to teach him a lesson.

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Chris Bell considers an under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life and career - that of professional painter and illustrator. Contains several examples of his work.

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Art historian Harold Klein is 72 years old and a "walking catalogue of infirmities". First he loses his "inner voice", that censoring mechanism that keeps us from blurting out the first thing that comes into our head, and then he wanders into a pornographic website, through which he meets Melissa and embarks on a dance of death.

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Lindsay Edmunds writes in the Huffington Post about the 2013 reissue of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary.
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The Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum was the world's first (and so far, only) Russell Hoban international fan convention.

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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.
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Russell Hoban with his Mr Punch puppet

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Prior to Russell Hoban's interview at the Serpentine event (16 October 2010), actress Eleanor Bron read from the opening pages of the author's 1973 novel.
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No one realizes that the poor marzipan pig has fallen behind the sofa. No one hears his lonely cries for help. His sweetness grows bitter over the months that go by until a mouse discovers him and gobbles him up.

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In 2013, writer and journalist Paul Cooper was given the enviable task of cataloguing Russell Hoban's manuscripts. In this fascinating article written especially for russellhoban.org, he recalls some of his discoveries.
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Interview from Stride magazine no. 26, 1986, in which Russell Hoban talks about the recent Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production of Riddley Walker, and other topics.