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.

The Russell Hoban archives

The late novelist Russell Hoban's life's work has been formally archived two years after his death. Writer and journalist Paul Cooper was recruited to catalogue the manuscripts and letters, which run to over 800 items in 21 boxes, and include classic works such as Riddley Walker and The Mouse and His Child. Working at Hoban's London home of 40 years, Cooper uncovered some fascinating items including early drafts of Riddley Walker in standard English, letters from Harold Pinter, an invitation to the White House and unpublished children's story Jim Hedgehog's Midnight Saxophone. Read Paul's fascinating article on the project

 

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"He was delighted to find that he did not love Gretel for any reason that he might have thought good in the past. Not for intelligence or accomplishments. Not for anything that she did. He loved her simply because she was. What a thing, thought Jachin-Boaz. Love without a purpose."

Latest news

Walker Books have announced the release of two more classic collaborations for publication in 2014 and 2015.

Walker Picture Books have issued new editions of two children's books by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Yellow paper with lion, Cape Town 2003, by Lara Hoffenberg

Russell Hoban fans around the world are preparing to celebrate the late writer's words on 4th February with the traditional "SA4QE".

Sample site content

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The Second Mrs Kong is an opera by Sir Harrison Birtwistle with libretto by Russell Hoban.

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Russell Hoban (right) with John Mullan

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Classic 2002 portrait

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

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Lindsay Edmunds profiles Russell Hoban in The Huffington Post and quotes some of her favourite lines.
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Russell Hoban's 1960 portrait of Montreal Canadiens' hockey hero Maurice Richard for Sports Illustrated magazine.
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Stuart Kelly enthuses about The Mouse and His Child in the Guardian: "it is a profound little book – the equal, in some ways, to the Alice books."
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The Atlantic monthly magazine from August 1976 reviews Turtle Diary (1975) in the context of Russell Hoban's then higher profile as a writer of books for children, paying particular attention to Charlie the Tramp and Bread and Jam for Frances. Thanks to Janis Winn for the scan.
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Taken during a visit to Russell Hoban's house as recollected at http://www.hoban2005.co.uk/recollections.html