The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and the latest news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

On 11-13 February 2005 the Russell Hoban community convened in London in a unique celebration of the author's 80th birthday and an amazing body of work, from the Frances books through The Mouse and His Child to Riddley Walker and his then-new novel Come Dance With Me. Accompanying the convention was a superb 50-page booklet containing tributes from friends, associates and fans, including Quentin Blake (above), Glenda Jackson and novelist David Mitchell. Now the full booklet is published online for the first time. Read the Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum Booklet here

Latest news

Steven Claydon, Martin Clark and Graham Harman

Curators of "The Noing Uv It" exhibition partly inspired by Riddley Walker discuss the philosophical and artistic themes behind the show.

Norway museum to exhibit "The Noing Uv It" inspired by Russell Hoban's novel, featuring work by over 30 international artists

Rosie's Magic Horse on stage

Photoset from the new stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's final children's book

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

'For years I have signed and measured and located this point and that point on the face of the earth,' said the surveyor, 'and I have gone back to the same places to find my stakes pulled out as boundaries waver and lose accuracy. I sight and I measure and I plant the stakes again, knowing that they will be pulled out again. It is not only stakes and boundaries that are lost - this is what there is to know about maps, and I tell you what I have paid years to learn: everything that is found is always lost again, and nothing that is found is ever lost again. Can you understand that? You're still a boy, so maybe you can't. Can you understand that?'

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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).
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Account and transcript of Hans Ulrich Obrist's interview with Russell Hoban.
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Essay/review of Turtle Diary by Kristine Rabberman from University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Professional and Liberal Education.
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In a catastrophic possible future, a young man explores a perilous landscape through a series of savagely comic, harrowing and haunting encounters, and draws courage from ancient but vital spirits of eroticism, death and Mr Punch.

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Excellent obituary by Tim Martin recalling Russell Hoban's novels and the dedication of his fans.
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Brief video from the Guardian Book Club event on 22 November 2010 in which Russell Hoban answers an audience question about the rhymes and songs in Riddley Walker.
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Full version of The Mouse and His Child 1977 animated film based on the 1967 Russell Hoban novel by the same name. Voice actors include Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine, Alan Barzman, and Marcy Swenson as the Child. Directed by Charles Swenson & Fred Wolf.
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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".
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Paul Hunter, director of The Mouse and His Child at the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about the influence of Toy Story and Pixar and the importance of capturing all the emotions of Hoban's book, and adds "This is a play for everyone."
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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.
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Extensive profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat Tattoo, and the SA4QE event.
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Jonathan Fitch was shocked by Mr Rinyo-Clacton's offer of a million pounds and one year to live, but what happened next was even more shocking.

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