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, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
Writer Paul Kincaid on Angelica Lost and Found. Also touches on other (later) titles.
Colin Midson of Bloomsbury Publishing talks to Russell Hoban about his then-new novel The Bat Tattoo, as well as Riddley Walker, his love of film and his writing methods.
In Riddley Walker, thousands of years in our future, the people of Inland are trying to drag themselves out of the mud. Theirs is a post-nuclear society hungry for a story to make sense of what’s happened. They have no creation myth, only hellish narratives of destruction played out in the Eusa...
2-minute video of an audio recording of the late novelist and polymath Anthony Burgess talking about his admiration for Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, and how he felt Hoban's novel would have been a worthier winner of the 1980 Booker Prize (won by William Golding).
Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning at Somerset House, writes on her experience of Russell Hoban as a lecturer on art.
Overview from signature-reads.com of Harold Pinter's lesser-known screenplays, with a brief mention of Turtle Diary.
Russell Hoban pays homage to Gislebertus, the 12th-century stone-carver whose work at Autun Cathedral in France inspired a section of The Bat Tattoo.
Writer Joanne M. Weselby considers linguistic, symbolist and psychoanalytical aspects of Riddley Walker.
1983 interview by Edward Blishen about Russell Hoban's then-new novel Pilgermann. From the ICA Talks series, hosted on the British Library website.

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

London City

I have London, London, London –
all the city, small and pretty,
in a dome that’s on my desk, a little dome.
I have Nelson on his column
and Saint Martin-in-the-Fields
and I have the National Gallery
and two trees,
and that’s what London is – the five of these.

I can make it snow in London
when I shake the sky of London;
I can hold the little city small and pretty in my hand;
then the weather’s fair in London,
in Trafalgar Square in London,
when I put my city down and let it stand.

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