The official 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 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 post photos of their quotations on this site, and these are gathered under russellhoban.org/sa4qe Which quotes did you share this year? (Photo quoting Pilgermann by Sandra, 2017)

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Manny Rat's housewarming was a great success. He had invited the cream of rat society, and all of them attended, twittering and squeaking with high spirits as they climbed the string ladder to the dolls' house. Grizzled old fighters and their plump, respectable wives touched whiskers with gentleman rats grown sleek by cunning and lithe young beauties of vaguely theatrical connection. Debutante rats and dashing young rats-about-town, all the golden youth of the dump, arrived in little laughing groups that achieved the effect of brilliance even in the dark, while doddering dowager rats came escorted by gaunt artistic rats with matted fur, burning eyes, and enormous appetites. Last up the ladder were a scattering of selected social climbers, followed by various hired bravos, obscure ruffians, and cheap hustlers whose good will was worth cultivating.

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"Deadsy" (1989) and "Door" (1990) are two surreal animated short films written and narrated by Russell Hoban and directed by David Anderson. On 18th December 2011 David Anderson wrote on the Russell Hoban Facebook page: "I did 2 short films with Russell in the early 90's 'Deadsy' and 'Door', I am...
In 2013, writer and journalist Paul Cooper was given the enviable task of cataloguing Russell Hoban's manuscripts. In this fascinating article written especially for russellhoban.org, he recalls some of his discoveries.
Birmingham-based theatre company Stan's Cafe comment on why they revived Russell Hoban's 1984 play The Carrier Frequency.
The Mouse and His Child is the story of two clockwork mice, a father and son. When the key in the father's back is wound, he dances in a circle, swinging his son up and down. They begin their existence in the warmth of a toy shop at Christmastime, surrounded by fellow windup toys; all the mouse...
An account by SA4QE's Richard Cooper of a reading by Russell Hoban in London on 24 January 2001 to promote Amaryllis Night and Day, and Richard's first visit to Russell Hoban's house a few days later to deliver Russell's birthday gift from his fan club The Kraken.
Text of a talk given at a 1971 Exeter conference gathered in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" Volume 3, Number 3, November 1972. Access to subscribers only.
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."
Writer Kevin Holohan reflects on "the passing of one of the most imaginative writers I have ever read" in this obituary from January 2012.
Bloomsbury summary: Roswell Clark's life had arrived at the point when he felt he needed to get an optimistic-looking bat tattoo on his shoulder. His ideal bat image was featured on an 18th century bowl in the Victoria and Albert Museum, but strangely, on a visit to the museum, he encountered a...
James Parker puts an eloquent case for making Riddley Walker into a film in this New York Times opinion piece.

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