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.

Russell Hoban portrait by Graham Jepson

Used in the Daily Telegraph's 2012 review of Hoban's final (YA) novel Soonchild. Hoban is pictured in his workroom or "exobrain" - read more

Latest news & features

John Foley SA4QE 2015

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

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

James Carter

Exclusive! Poet and writer James Carter shares a wonderful interview with Russell Hoban from 1995, about films, musical and literary influences, The Mouse and His Child, Turtle Diary, his early career as an illustrator, creativity tips and more.

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

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

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Sample site content and links

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The NYRB Classics imprint's blog A Different Stripe takes part in the annual SA4QE celebration of Russell Hoban's words with a quotation from Turtle Diary, an edition of which they published in 2013.
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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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Paul Hunter, director of The Mouse and His Child at the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about the influence of Toy Story and Pixar and the importance of capturing all the emotions of Hoban's book, and adds "This is a play for everyone."
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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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In 2013, writer and journalist Paul Cooper was given the enviable task of cataloguing Russell Hoban's manuscripts. In this fascinating article written especially for russellhoban.org, he recalls some of his discoveries.
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A short video from the 2005 "Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum" fan convention of the author reading from his then-latest novel. Taken by Olaf Schneider and reproduced with kind permission of Russell Hoban.
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Full-colour scans of Russell Hoban's illustrations for the 1963 Macmillan edition of Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
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Birmingham-based theatre company Stan's Cafe comment on why they revived Russell Hoban's 1984 play The Carrier Frequency.
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Jonathan Fitch was shocked by Mr Rinyo-Clacton's offer of a million pounds and one year to live, but what happened next was even more shocking.

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Frances Broomfield talks about her jacket artwork for Russell Hoban's 1987 novel The Medusa Frequency, as well as her influences and other work.
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Exclusive to russellhoban.org, Paul Cooper talks about the fascinating task of archiving Russell Hoban's manuscripts and letters.

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A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
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