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 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

    Dr Mzumi made another note in Klein’s folder. ‘A CT brain scan and a carotid angiogram might be a good idea. They’ll send you an appointment.’

      ‘Thank you. One day you’ll be old and pissing in two streams too. Sorry. Bye-bye.’


Russell Hoban links...

Chris Bell looks at a fascinating but under-appreciated period in Russell Hoban's life when he worked as a commercial illustrator, producing portraits for Time magazine and plates for books including The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.
On a black and stormy night the sea-thing child is flung up on the beach, a little draggled heap of scales and feathers. Although made for deep diving and high flying, he is afraid of the ocean. When he meets a fiddler crab with no bow, these two help each other avoid their fears for a while. But...
Excellent obituary by Tim Martin recalling Russell Hoban's novels and the dedication of his fans.
mouse cover.jpg Someone that labels himself a metaphysical writer and talks about 'the thingness of things' and a primal consciousness that 'looks out of the eye sockets' one might think would not be involved with writing for children. Yet Russell Hoban must be one...
Elizabeth Bird reproduces a "lost" interview she did with Russell Hoban in 2010, in which he talks about his upcoming books Soonchild and Rosie's Magic Horse and comments on the Frances books, The Mouse and His Child, The Marzipan Pig and other titles for children.
Will Self reads a passage from Riddley Walker during an "in conversation" event with Russell Hoban at the British Museum, London, 15 February 2011.
Account and transcript of Hans Ulrich Obrist's interview with Russell Hoban.
Lindsay Edmunds profiles Russell Hoban in The Huffington Post and quotes some of her favourite lines.
Arifa Akbar reviews the RSC's The Mouse and His Child and talks to director Paul Hunter and playwright Tamsin Oglesby about the production and adaptation.
Angelica's Grotto is a pornographic website into which seventy-two-year-old art historian Harold Klein wanders one evening. Klein, a walking catalogue of infirmities, known to medical consultants as ‘he who declines to hop the twig', may not be up to much physically but there's a lot of sex going...