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.

US publisher Valancourt has brought out new editions of Russell Hoban's great early novels Kleinzeit and The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Adds Valancourt's James D. Jenkins: "'Pilgermann' is coming in June. Hopefully more will follow if we can get any interest in these three." If you were looking for the perfect opportunity to discover these superbly written, lyrical, poetic, highly original and imaginative novels, this is it. Read more on the Valancourt site

Latest news & features

Between September 2002 and March 2005, Russell Hoban contributed to his own discussion forum, The Kraken. In the first of a 2-part feature, Richard Cooper looks back over a selection of his posts.

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

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“‘Nameless here for evermore’ she said. ‘Names are pretty useless really. If you say the name of anything ten or twenty times it scatters and falls away and the thing that’s named stands there all naked and unknowable’. 

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Art teacher Peter first sees Amaryllis in a dream, waiting for a bus which towers above them, a gigantic rice-paper vehicle, lit from within like a Japanese lantern. Then Amaryllis turns up in real life...

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Russell Hoban talks to the Financial Times about the book that changed his life, the books on his bedside table, his writing methods and what it means to him to be a writer.
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Extensive profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat Tattoo, and the SA4QE event.
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Full version of The Mouse and His Child 1977 animated film based on the 1967 Russell Hoban novel by the same name. Voice actors include Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine, Alan Barzman, and Marcy Swenson as the Child. Directed by Charles Swenson & Fred Wolf.
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The magic of the puppet show, says Professor K.A. Laity, is its ability to transform the inanimate into animation, to turn movement into story, and to bring to life all manner of dreams and stories. Originally published in Puppetry International Magazine 19 (2006).
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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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Russell Hoban talks about his famously cluttered writing room, aka his "exobrain".
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Colin Midson of Bloomsbury Publishing talks to Russell Hoban about his then-new novel The Bat Tattoo, as well as Riddley Walker, his love of film and his writing methods.
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2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
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The only thing Frances will eat is bread and jam. "How do you know what you'll like if you won't even try anything?" asks Father. But Frances is not tempted by eggs or string beans until clever Mother finds the answer...

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Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.

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