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.

On 11-13 February 2005 the Russell Hoban community convened in London in a unique celebration of the author's 80th birthday and an amazing body of work, from the Frances books through The Mouse and His Child to Riddley Walker and his then-new novel Come Dance With Me. Accompanying the convention was a superb 50-page booklet containing tributes from friends, associates and fans, including Quentin Blake (above), Glenda Jackson and novelist David Mitchell. Now the full booklet is published online for the first time. Read the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum Booklet here

Latest news

Steven Claydon, Martin Clark and Graham Harman

Curators of "The Noing Uv It" exhibition partly inspired by Riddley Walker discuss the philosophical and artistic themes behind the show.

Norway museum to exhibit "The Noing Uv It" inspired by Russell Hoban's novel, featuring work by over 30 international artists

Rosie's Magic Horse on stage

Photoset from the new stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's final children's book

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“The things that matter don't necessarily make sense.”

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Chris Bell considers Russell Hoban's 1996 novel Fremder in relation to other works including Riddley Walker and Pilgermann.
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'Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same.' Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, Riddley Walker is desolate, dangerous and harrowing, and a modern masterpiece.

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The original Russell Hoban discussion forum/community hosted on Yahoo Groups. Set up by Dave Awl in 1999.
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Writer Joanne M. Weselby considers linguistic, symbolist and psychoanalytical aspects of Riddley Walker.
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Over the years, for his contribution to the annual SA4QE event, longtime fan Olaf Schneider has created multimedia Flash animations inspired by quotations from Russell Hoban's books.
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This extract on Google Books from Daniel Noel's 2004 collection "In a Wayward Mood" appears to include his entire 23-page essay on Hoban. Noel's paper starts with Riddley Walker and goes on to explore related themes in Pilgermann and The Medusa Frequency.
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1983 interview by Edward Blishen about Russell Hoban's then-new novel Pilgermann. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.
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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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‘This is it ... this is my destiny woman,' Max blurted out when he first met Lola at the Coliseum shop. Not only was she aristocratic and wild at heart, but the two discovered an uncanny convergence of musical tastes.

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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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Brief news story on BBC website.

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