The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to, 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

    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.’


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2008 interview, heavy on the creative process, with biographical elements and an unfortunate typo "The Peloponnesian Wart".
Guardian news article.
Over the years, for his contribution to the annual SA4QE event, longtime fan Olaf Schneider has created multimedia Flash animations inspired by quotations from Russell Hoban's books.
Interview with actress Julianne Moore, to which she showed up clutching a copy of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary. No details sadly of whether this would indicate that Moore is set to play Naeara in a new Hollywood blockbuster version...

Author Anna Lawrence Pietroni explores "Riddleyspeak", which is at once familiar and strange: we have to slow our reading right down if we are to give ourselves any chance of understanding it in full. Riddley is ‘walking his riddels’ on paper and we have to read at a similarly steady pace, stopping from time to time to pick up a stone on the road or taking a moment to catch our breath.

Short piece on the noises and "creatures" of the London Underground published in the New York Times 23 November 1981. This was later published as "Footplacers, London Transport Owls, Wincer-Boise" collected (and dated 1982) in "The Moment under The Moment" (pub. 1992).
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Review-cum-essay of Fremder, Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer, Angelica’s Grotto and Amaryllis Night and Day by Paul Kincaid, first published in The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 2002
Sarah Ditum writing in the Guardian says Russell Hoban's 1980 dystopian classic "is unique, melodramatic, and suggests there is more to human beings than being human".
Direct link to .ram audio file hosted on RealPlayer required. "In this 1987 interview with Don Swaim, Russell Hoban discusses his book Medusa Frequency, which is an Orphus Uridisy retelling.
Long, evocative article 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.
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.
Summary of John Mullan's interview with Russell Hoban on 29 November 2010. Includes link to audio recording of the interview.

The Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum was the world's first (and so far, only) Russell Hoban international fan convention.