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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Dave Awl's original Russell Hoban website, with bibliography, biography, reviews, essays, interviews and news and book extracts sent by RH himself.
2010 interview mainly about Riddley Walker but touching on other books and the creative process.
From the jacket:   Phil Ockerman falls hard for Bertha Strunk at a tango lesson in a church crypt in Clerkenwell. ‘Is Bertha's trunk anything like Pandora's box?' he wonders. Each recently separated, both their Suns are squared by Neptune. Bertha also bears a strong resemblance to the 17th...
Prior to Russell Hoban's interview at the Serpentine event (16 October 2010), actress Eleanor Bron read from the opening pages of the author's 1973 novel. (5'46" .mp4 format audio file, 2.7mb; the recording is very soft so you'll need to turn up the volume to hear it but...
A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
Essay/review of Turtle Diary by Kristine Rabberman from University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Professional and Liberal Education.
Writer Paul Kincaid on Angelica Lost and Found. Also touches on other (later) titles.
Lindsay Edmunds writes in the Huffington Post about the 2013 reissue of Russell Hoban's classic novel Turtle Diary.
John Mullan sums up readers' responses in the Riddley Walker Guardian book club series.
Personal appreciation of Russell Hoban's novels by fan and bookshop owner John de Falbe, focusing particularly on Fremder and Angelica's Grotto.

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"If you cud even jus see 1 thing clear the woal of whats in it you cud see every thing clear. But you never wil get to see the woal of any thing youre all ways in the middl of it living it or moving thru it."

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