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 return of The Marzipan Pig

This year sees the 30th anniversary of Russell Hoban's children's story The Marzipan Pig, and with it this October comes a new edition in the New York Review Children's Collection imprint, complete with the original charcoal drawings now tinted by illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. Writes Rebecca Rego Barry in a lovely article for the Guardian: "In this timeless tale, a sentient candy pig falls behind a couch, where it is consumed by a sentimental mouse that is, in turn, eaten by an owl who falls in love with a glowing taxi meter, and so on. Full of charm and adventure, The Marzipan Pig begins and ends with the consumption of a delicious almond confection, and yet that simplicity – or sugarcoating – belies the power of Hoban’s fable." (Image borrowed from the Guardian article credited as "publicity image")

Latest news & features

An archive of Russell Hoban's manuscripts as well as his classic word processor have found a home in the legendary US university.

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.

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

I exist, said the mirror.
What about me? said Kleinzeit.
Not my problem, said the mirror.

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Sample site content and links

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Brief news story on BBC website.
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A transcription of a talk by Russell Hoban given to the 1970 Exeter conference on children's literature, published in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" (March 1971, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 5-23).
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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.
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James Parker puts an eloquent case for making Riddley Walker into a film in this New York Times opinion piece.
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2005 interview by The Scotsman, in which Russell Hoban talks about The Mouse and His Child, Riddley Walker, his then-new book Come Dance With Me and the impending "Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum", a fan convention held in honour of his 80th birthday.
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Reviews, interviews and other articles from the Guardian website tagged or mentioning Russell Hoban and/or his books.
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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).
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Chris Bell considers Russell Hoban's 1996 novel Fremder in relation to other works including Riddley Walker and Pilgermann.
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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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Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning at Somerset House, writes on her experience of Russell Hoban as a lecturer on art.
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Chris Bell considers Russell Hoban's 1996 novel Fremder in relation to other works including Riddley Walker and Pilgermann.

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Documents the 2005 international Russell Hoban convention in London, attended by the author and many fans.

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