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.

The Russell Hoban archives

The late novelist Russell Hoban's life's work has been formally archived two years after his death. Writer and journalist Paul Cooper was recruited to catalogue the manuscripts and letters, which run to over 800 items in 21 boxes, and include classic works such as Riddley Walker and The Mouse and His Child. Working at Hoban's London home of 40 years, Cooper uncovered some fascinating items including early drafts of Riddley Walker in standard English, letters from Harold Pinter, an invitation to the White House and unpublished children's story Jim Hedgehog's Midnight Saxophone. Read Paul's fascinating article on the project

 

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"Here's to you Cyd. We'll stay danced with."

Latest news

Walker Books have announced the release of two more classic collaborations for publication in 2014 and 2015.

Walker Picture Books have issued new editions of two children's books by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Yellow paper with lion, Cape Town 2003, by Lara Hoffenberg

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

Sample site content

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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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The Second Mrs Kong is an opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle with libretto by Russell Hoban.

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When Kleinzeit is fired from his job as an advertising copywriter, he ends up in hospital with a ‘skewed hypotenuse’, being tended by the healthy and desirable Sister. Together, they embark on a strange adventure, in which Kleinzeit attempts to master his creative urges and holds conversations with a variety of abstract concepts.

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Frustrated author Herman Orff is trying to forget his lost love and find inspiration. A few wires-in-the-brain later, he becomes dogged by the severed head of Orpheus, which repeatedly insists on telling him its story, taking in the invention of music and creativity as well as the lost-and-foundness of Eurydice.

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2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
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Complete film of Harold Pinter's 1985 adaptation starring Ben Kingsley, Glenda Jackson and Michael Gambon.
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Documents a fan event whereby favourite Russell Hoban quotations are left in public places.