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Russell Hoban's 1968 classic The Mouse and His Child is to receive a theatrical adaptation in winter 2012-13.

Russell Hoban at the Guardian book club event, 2010 (photo: Richard Cooper)

We are very sad to report that Russell Hoban passed away last night, aged 86.

He was admitted to hospital in his adopted city of London a few weeks ago to have a pacemaker fitted, but complications arose.