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 did you share this year? (Photo quoting Pilgermann by Sandra, 2017)

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

Jump! Into the empty air,

Drop to the rocks down there.

Maybe some of us will make it.

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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.
Gaming/digital journalist Jonathan H. Liu considers Russell Hoban's 1968 classic The Mouse and His Child as great a children's "toy story" as anything Pixar could tell.
Appreciation of Russell Hoban and the SA4QE fan event by Nick Campbell from the We Are Cult blog.
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. Each piece was written especially for the collection, which includes essays by, among others, Tariq Ali, Julian...
‘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. Soon they were converging at every level - Lola filling Max's emptiness and vice...
As part of the Guardian's "desk therapist" series Donna Dawson describes the "organised chaos" of Russell Hoban's workroom. With brief commentary by RH.
Russell Hoban remembers his longtime friend, the children's writer Leon Garfield.
Slightly obsessed Russell Hoban fan spends a day visiting over 30 London locations mentioned in Hoban's books, leaving associated quotations from the books in situ. Part of that year's SA4QE fan activity.
Amazing video of Russell Hoban giving a lecture on his writing and working processes in 1990. From Alida Allison, Professor, San Diego State University (SDSU): "In 1990, Russell Hoban did a 10-day reading tour of Southern California that began at SDSU, continued to UC Riverside, California...

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