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.

US publisher Valancourt has brought out new editions of Russell Hoban's great early novels Kleinzeit and The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Adds Valancourt's James D. Jenkins: "'Pilgermann' is coming in June. Hopefully more will follow if we can get any interest in these three." If you were looking for the perfect opportunity to discover these superbly written, lyrical, poetic, highly original and imaginative novels, this is it. Read more on the Valancourt site

Latest news

Steven Claydon, Martin Clark and Graham Harman

Curators of "The Noing Uv It" exhibition partly inspired by Riddley Walker discuss the philosophical and artistic themes behind the show.

Norway museum to exhibit "The Noing Uv It" inspired by Russell Hoban's novel, featuring work by over 30 international artists

Rosie's Magic Horse on stage

Photoset from the new stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's final children's book

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

I have a Friend's card; I like the way they nod me through when I show it: I'm not a stranger.  I always feel good in museums.  I like the high ceilings and the acoustics, the footsteps and the voices, the silence over and under the footsteps and voices and the individual silences of each thing, all of them different, all of them holding a long-departed Now.

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Sample site content and links

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The original Russell Hoban discussion forum/community hosted on Yahoo Groups. Set up by Dave Awl in 1999.
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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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Lindsay Edmunds writes in the Huffington Post about the 2013 reissue of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary.
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A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
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In this young-adult novel, shaman Sixteen-Face John lives in a cold, snowy region referred to as "The North" and fears he's losing his way in the modern world. His unborn daughter Soonchild refuses to emerge, and John embarks on an fantastic adventure to bring the missing "World Songs" back to her to entice her into the world.

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Amazing video of Russell Hoban giving a lecture on his writing and working processes in 1990.
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Facebook page for the SA4QE activity.
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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.
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The Stratford Observer favourably reviews the RSC's production of The Mouse and His Child.
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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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Guardian news article.
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Short article dated November 12, 1956 for Sports Illustrated accompanying some illustrations Russell Hoban did for the same issue (unfortunately not included) of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players. (Link fixed 28/6/14)
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Russell Hoban's last children's story begins with an ice-lolly stick. Its sweetness gone, it lies discarded and lonely ... until a little girl called Rosie comes along.

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