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's Apple IIe

This is Russell Hoban's own Apple IIe computer, acquired in the mid-1980s, on which he wrote a number of books including the 1987 classic The Medusa Frequency. The computer recently turned up in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University as part of their acquisition of the Russell Hoban Papers. (Photo: Matthew Kirschenbaum. Used with permission.)

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

"If you cud even jus see 1 thing clear the woal of whats in it you cud see every thing clear. But you never wil get to see the woal of any thing youre all ways in the middl of it living it or moving thru it."

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Short clip from the Roland Collection video interview.
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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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Pins curated by Dave Awl
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Aardman Animations co-founder Peter Lord chooses Riddley Walker in this panel discussion of three favourite books. Lord and the other contributors Russell Kane and Harriet Gilbert praise the book's language and originality. First broadcast 1st April 2016.
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The Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum was the world's first (and so far, only) Russell Hoban international fan convention.

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Gaming/digital journalist Jonathan H. Liu considers Russell Hoban's 1968 classic The Mouse and His Child as great a children's "toy story" as anything Pixar could tell.
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Essay by author/journalist Andrew Brown, mostly about Richard Dawkins, touching on Riddley Walker.
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Taken with permission from original WordsSHIFTMinds blog but most likely scanned from the Guardian "Secrets of the Yellow Pages" profile

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Composer Adam Donen interviewed Russell Hoban a few months before his death. Here he talks about Orpheus, Riddley Walker, Beethoven, and "the feeling of being inhabited by the thing that looks out through our eye-holes."
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Excerpt (pages 83-105, 220-21) from David Cowart, History and the Contemporary Novel (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989). Copyright 1989 by the Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University. Reprinted at The Head of Orpheus by permission of the publisher.
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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.

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