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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IMDb page on the film version of Russell Hoban's 1975 novel, directed by John Irvin, with screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Michael Gambon.
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.
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...
No one realizes that the poor marzipan pig has fallen behind the sofa. No one hears his lonely cries for help. His sweetness grows bitter over the months that go by until a mouse discovers him and gobbles him up. But the mouse pays a price for her greed. A desperate feeling of loneliness and...
Facebook "community page" based on the Wikipedia article about Russell Hoban's 1980 classic.
Author Anna Lawrence Pietroni explores "Riddleyspeak", which is at once familiar and strange: we have to slow our reading right down if we are to give ourselves any chance of understanding it in full. Riddley is ‘walking his riddels’ on paper and we have to read at a similarly steady pace...
Prior to Russell Hoban's interview at the Serpentine event (16 October 2010), actress Eleanor Bron read from the opening pages of the author's 1973 novel. (5'46" .mp4 format audio file, 2.7mb; the recording is very soft so you'll need to turn up the volume to hear it but...
Short but essential 1981 "People" magazine interview with Russell Hoban between the release of Riddley Walker and Pilgermann. Link fixed 22/8/17.
Lindsay Edmunds writes in the Huffington Post about the 2013 reissue of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary.
Short, undated video (2010s?) in which Sir Quentin Blake talks about his first collaboration with Russell Hoban on "How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen" and its sequel, "A Near Thing for Captain Najork".

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"He was delighted to find that he did not love Gretel for any reason that he might have thought good in the past. Not for intelligence or accomplishments. Not for anything that she did. He loved her simply because she was. What a thing, thought Jachin-Boaz. Love without a purpose."

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