The 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 (named after the fan who came up with the idea) 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 share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe and post their quotes and photos on this site. See this year's reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

Latest news & features

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

Hear the earth say itself, say itself ponderous with evening, turning to the night

Pages

Russell Hoban links...

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.
Documents the 2005 international Russell Hoban convention in London, attended by the author and many fans.
Russell Hoban remembers his longtime friend, the children's writer Leon Garfield.
IMDb page on the film version of Russell Hoban's 1975 novel, directed by John Irvin, with screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Michael Gambon.
the kraken.jpg Between September 2002 and March 2005, Russell Hoban contributed to his own discussion forum, The Kraken. In the first of a 2-part feature, Richard Cooper looks back over a selection of his posts. "The Kraken" Yahoo Group was established as a Russell...
Sarah Ditum writing in the Guardian says Russell Hoban's 1980 dystopian classic "is unique, melodramatic, and suggests there is more to human beings than being human".
Account of the evening at the Guardian event in London, from the SA4QE website. Mostly about Riddley Walker.
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...
An account of visiting Waterford, Ireland for Red Kettle's November 2007 theatrical production of Riddley Walker.

Pages