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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Novelist Helen DeWitt describes Riddley Walker as the "underrated equal of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land" in this brief list of favourite books.
Tom is so good at fooling around that he does little else. His Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong, who thinks this is too much like having fun, calls upon the fearsome Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen to teach him a lesson. So the Captain challenges Tom to three rounds womble, muck, and sneedball,...
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...
Study guide to Barbara J. Becker's course on the history of technology, which uses Riddley Walker as a text; each week's reading includes an extremely detailed "Riddley Guide" with illustrations and commentary on many related subjects. Note: as at August 2012 the site is hosted...
Established and maintained by Dave Awl with permission from Russell Hoban.
News story reporting that Sam Meech's Riddley Walker-inspired exhibition Time Back Way Back, originally shown in Barrow-in-Furness, has moved to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, under the name Girt Shyning Weals: Riddley Walker and Anthony Burgess.
The Mouse and His Child is the story of two clockwork mice, a father and son. When the key in the father's back is wound, he dances in a circle, swinging his son up and down. They begin their existence in the warmth of a toy shop at Christmastime, surrounded by fellow windup toys; all the mouse...
At the bottom of this page, Russell Hoban's 2001 novel Amaryllis Night and Day is listed among Jenny Colgan's summer book choice dated 19th July 2002. You can download a .ram file to listen on your own audio player (not tested).
Long, evocative article by Russell Hoban for Sports Illustrated dated January 19, 1959, about the joys of boating. "A man in a boat regains his sense of scale, knows how big the sea is, and he remembers who and what he is. In a boat, we become whole again, and the flying fragments of our lives...
Tamsin Oglesby, the playwright behind the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2012 stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child, explains its enduring appeal and the themes and characters which inspired her.

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"Jachin-Boaz traded in maps. He bought and sold maps, and some, of certain kinds for special uses, he made or had others make for him. That had been his father's trade, and the walls of his shop that had been his father's were hung with glazed blue oceans, green swamps and grasslands, brown and orange mountains delicately shaded. Maps of towns and plains he sold, and other maps made to order. He would sell a young man a map that showed where a particular girl might be found at different hours of the day. He sold husband maps and wife maps. He sold maps to poets that showed where thoughts of power and clarity had come to other poets. He sold well-digging maps. He sold vision-and-miracle maps to holy men, sickness-and-accident maps to physicians, money-and-jewel maps to thieves, and thief maps to the police."

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