The 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 (named after the fan who came up with the idea) 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 share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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Brief word-sketches from 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated. May have accompanied an original drawing or painting, which are not included.
John Mullan discusses Riddley Walker in terms of using catastrophe as a narrative device. Part of the Guardian book club series.
At the bottom of this page, Russell Hoban's 2001 novel Amaryllis Night and Day is listed among Jenny Colgan's summer book choice dated 19th July 2002. You can download a .ram file to listen on your own audio player (not tested).
Study guide to Barbara J. Becker's course on the history of technology, which uses Riddley Walker as a text; each week's reading includes an extremely detailed "Riddley Guide" with illustrations and commentary on many related subjects. Note: as at August 2012 the site is hosted...
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.
I have little religious knowledge but then, as the disembodied protagonist of this book says, “Theologians and fathers of the Church cannot confound me, they have no firmer ground on which to stand than I.” I know more about “quantum-jumping to the strange brilliance of total Now” because this book...
Summary: In the aquarium at the London Zoo, three sea turtles swim endlessly in 'their little bedsitter of ocean'. Two lonely people, William G and Neaera H, become obsessed with the turtles' captivity, and resolve to rescue them and release them in to the sea. William's and Neaera's diaries tell...
In this article formerly published only in print, and subtitled "View from a Novelist’s Study", Russell Hoban writes of the inspiration he finds in music: "Indeed he listens as he works. Here he reflects on the power of music to unlock memories."
Over the years, for his contribution to the annual SA4QE event, longtime fan Olaf Schneider has created multimedia Flash animations inspired by quotations from Russell Hoban's books. Impressionistic, atmospheric and surreal, the (so far) 27 animations range from a moving Belhousov-Zhabotinsky...
Chitra Ramaswamy's wonderful 2010 encounter with Russell Hoban takes in his new novel Angelica Lost and Found, recollections of Riddley Walker and how meeting his wife Gundela helped him to start writing again. He also talks about his poor health, writing technique, his fan club The Kraken and...

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"Right", she said. "The thing is to move your head out of its ordinary busy-busy mode and make a clear space for things to happen in..."

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