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 classic novels Kleinzeit, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz and Pilgermann. 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.

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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

“Then words imprinted themselves on his mind, large, powerful, compelling belief and respect like the saying of a god in capital letters:

TO CLOSE ONE’S EYES IN THE PRESENCE OF A LION

He felt, as in a dream, the layered meanings of the words that stood upright in his mind as if carved in the stone of a temple.”

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Sample site content and links

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Brief video from the Guardian Book Club event on 22 November 2010 in which Russell Hoban answers an audience question about the rhymes and songs in Riddley Walker.
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In this 1987 audio interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses The Medusa Frequency, which is an "Orphus Uridisy" retelling. He reflects on growing up in Pennsylvania, and his continuous love for reading and art.
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Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.
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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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Emmet Otter and his Ma scrape by doing odd jobs. When a talent contest is announced they each decide to enter so they can afford to buy the other a Christmas present. This classic book from 1977 was adapted into a popular TV special by Jim Henson of The Muppets fame.

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Documents the 2005 international Russell Hoban convention in London, attended by the author and many fans.
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A unique concordance to Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel is available on this website. Entries for each word in the text are available both in order of occurrence in the text, and sorted by right context (i.e. the following words).
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The Atlantic monthly magazine from August 1976 reviews Turtle Diary (1975) in the context of Russell Hoban's then higher profile as a writer of books for children, paying particular attention to Charlie the Tramp and Bread and Jam for Frances. Thanks to Janis Winn for the scan.
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Taken during a visit to Russell Hoban's house as recollected at http://www.hoban2005.co.uk/recollections.html

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Stuart Kelly enthuses about The Mouse and His Child in the Guardian: "it is a profound little book – the equal, in some ways, to the Alice books."
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Fascinating and comprehensive resource site annotating Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel Riddley Walker, providing notes on the novel's many themes, motifs and characters. An essential guide to the novel whether you're reading it for pleasure or study.
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Anthony Davis writes an eloquent personal account of visiting Russell Hoban at his home following the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum (the 2005 convention), in which he and "Russ" spoke about whisky, My Tango with Barbara Strozzi and more.

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