The Russell Hoban website

Welcome to, 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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Items randomly chosen from our database

1986 New York Times review by Vincent Canby of the film of Turtle Diary, whose screenplay was written by Harold Pinter.
From the Bloomsbury blurb: When Irving Goodman falls in love with Justine Trimble he is close to the end of his life and she's been dead for forty-seven years. Irving doesn't know how he's going to attain his heart's desire but he knows a man who does. Justine was a star of 1950s black-and-white...
Touching summary of Russell Hoban's life and work.
SF writer Paul Kincaid pays tribute to Russell Hoban
Chris Bell considers an under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life and career - that of professional painter and illustrator. Contains several examples of his work.
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.
Amazing video of Russell Hoban giving a lecture on his writing and working processes in 1990. From Alida Allison, Professor, San Diego State University (SDSU): "In 1990, Russell Hoban did a 10-day reading tour of Southern California that began at SDSU, continued to UC Riverside, California...
Article by Johnny Herbert on the Kunstforum website tackling the exhibits and ideas in "The Noing Uv It", an exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall partly inspired by Riddley Walker, whose aim is to "invite us to think about objects".
Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
Documents a fan event whereby favourite Russell Hoban quotations are left in public places.


Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“‘Nameless here for evermore’ she said. ‘Names are pretty useless really. If you say the name of anything ten or twenty times it scatters and falls away and the thing that’s named stands there all naked and unknowable’.