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 will you share this year? (Photo quoting Pilgermann by Sandra, 2017)

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

    Dr Mzumi made another note in Klein’s folder. ‘A CT brain scan and a carotid angiogram might be a good idea. They’ll send you an appointment.’

      ‘Thank you. One day you’ll be old and pissing in two streams too. Sorry. Bye-bye.’

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The NYRB Classics imprint's blog A Different Stripe takes part in the annual SA4QE celebration of Russell Hoban's words with a quotation from Turtle Diary, an edition of which they published in 2013.
Comprehensive overview of Russell Hoban's life by Todd VanDerWerff.
Extensive Guardian Weekend profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe from 2002, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat...
Chris Bell looks at a fascinating but under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life when he worked as a commercial illustrator, producing portraits for Time magazine and plates for books including The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.
Writer Kevin Holohan reflects on "the passing of one of the most imaginative writers I have ever read" in this obituary from January 2012.
Click on thumbnails in this article to pop-up larger images. According to excerpts from the artist’s 1962 diary, Russell Hoban’s portrait of the folk singer and 1960s icon Joan Baez took 16 days from commission date to completion and delivery, and he spent around 10 of those days working on the...
Russell Hoban's 1960 portrait of Montreal Canadiens' hockey hero Maurice Richard for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is also referred to in Chris Bell's essay "Russell Hoban the Illustrator" at http://russellhoban.org/essay/russell-hoban-the-illustrator A few years...
Russell Hoban remembers his longtime friend, the children's writer Leon Garfield.
1983 interview by Edward Blishen about Russell Hoban's then-new novel Pilgermann. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.
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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