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

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The people who run the world now were children once. What went wrong? Why do perfectly good children become rotten grown-ups?

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Documents a fan event whereby favourite Russell Hoban quotations are left in public places.
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.
Short, undated video (2010s?) in which Sir Quentin Blake talks about his first collaboration with Russell Hoban on "How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen" and its sequel, "A Near Thing for Captain Najork".
Russell Hoban talks to the Financial Times about the book that changed his life, the books on his bedside table, his writing methods and what it means to him to be a writer.
Summary: 'Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same. ' Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, RIDDLEY WALKER is the...
LINK NOW DEAD. Composer Adam Donen interviewed Russell Hoban a few months before his death. Here he talks about Orpheus, Riddley Walker, Beethoven, and "the feeling of being inhabited by the thing that looks out through our eye-holes."
SF writer Paul Kincaid pays tribute to Russell Hoban
From the jacket: The first time Peter Diggs saw Amaryllis she was at a bus stop where the street sign said BALSAMIC although there was nothing vinegary about the place. The bus was unthinkably tall, made of yellow, orange and pink rice paper and bamboo, lit from within like a Japanese lantern. That...
LINK NOW DEAD. Russell Hoban talks about his children's books.
Bartender and writer Michael J. Neff pays tribute to Russell Hoban: "I owe Mr. Hoban a lot, because his was one of the first books that showed me how stories could be told."

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