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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Description (adapted from Amazon): Russell Hoban's last published children's book begins with an ice-lolly stick. Its sweetness gone, it lies discarded and lonely ... until a little girl called Rosie comes along. She places it carefully in her cigar box, full of other sticks. "Without our ice-...
In this article formerly published only in print, and subtitled "View from a Novelist’s Study", Russell Hoban writes of the inspiration he finds in music: "Indeed he listens as he works. Here he reflects on the power of music to unlock memories."
1998 interview by John Forsyth covering the recently-published Mr Rinyo-Clacton's Offer, as well as Russell's writing techniques and tips, recollections of writing The Mouse and His Child whilst working for a New York advertising agency, and giving a tantalising glimpse of what became...
Marjorie Ingall reviews the 2018 exhibition at the Beinecke Library of Russell and Lillian Hoban's collaborations, with an emphasis on Lillian. Includes some fascinating details from private interviews with the Hobans' children, as well as remarks on the manuscripts on display at the...
Complete film of Harold Pinter's 1985 adaptation starring Ben Kingsley, Glenda Jackson and Michael Gambon.
Children's author and university creative writing teacher Philip Womack names The Mouse and His Child no. 25 in his list of the 30 all-time best books for children: "A bittersweet and unusual tale, in which a clockwork mouse and his child are thrown out of a toy shop, and then must embark...
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Chitra Ramaswamy's wonderful 2010 encounter with Russell Hoban takes in his new novel Angelica Lost and Found, recollections of Riddley Walker and how meeting his wife Gundela helped him to start writing again. He also talks about his poor health, writing technique, his fan club The Kraken and...
‘This is it ... this is my destiny woman,' Max blurted out when he first met Lola at the Coliseum shop. Not only was she aristocratic and wild at heart, but the two discovered an uncanny convergence of musical tastes. Soon they were converging at every level - Lola filling Max's emptiness and vice...
This extract on Google Books from Daniel Noel's 2004 collection "In a Wayward Mood" appears to include his entire 23-page essay on Hoban. Noel's paper starts with Riddley Walker and goes on to explore related themes in Pilgermann and The Medusa Frequency. Also touches on...

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“It is a strange and frightening thing to be a human being, to partake of the mystery and madness of human consciousness.”

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