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early drafts of Riddley Walker in standard English, letters from Harold Pinter, an invitation to the White House and unpublished children's story Jim Hedgehog's Midnight Saxophone.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

 

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

    Dr Mzumi made another note in Klein’s folder. ‘A CT brain scan and a carotid angiogram might be a good idea. They’ll send you an appointment.’

      ‘Thank you. One day you’ll be old and pissing in two streams too. Sorry. Bye-bye.’

Latest news

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.

Yellow paper with lion, Cape Town 2003, by Lara Hoffenberg

Russell Hoban fans around the world are preparing to celebrate the late writer's words on 4th February with the traditional "SA4QE".

Sample site content

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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.
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Fan site documenting quotations from Russell Hoban books left in public places to celebrate the author's birthday every 4th February since 2002. (Since 2013's event the quotations have been recorded on www.russellhoban.org/sa4qe)
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Russell Hoban continues his reading to the San Diego audience started in part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTj5912_yX4). For full background info on these videos please see http://www.russellhoban.org/link/russell-hoban-at-the-san-diego-state-university-october-17-1990-part-1
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Essay by author/journalist Andrew Brown, mostly about Richard Dawkins, touching on Riddley Walker.
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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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Russell Hoban talks about his famously cluttered writing room, aka his "exobrain".
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To celebrate its 21st anniversary in 1992, the British publisher Picador invited 21 of its best authors to write about one of the years from 1972 to 1992, from their own perspective.
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Documents a fan event whereby favourite Russell Hoban quotations are left in public places.
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"Deadsy" (1989) and "Door" (1990) are two surreal animated short films written and narrated by Russell Hoban and directed by David Anderson.

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Direct link to .ram audio file hosted on wiredforbooks.org. RealPlayer required. "In this 1987 interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses his book Medusa Frequency, which is an Orphus Uridisy retelling.
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