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.

US publisher Valancourt has brought out new editions of Russell Hoban's classic novels Kleinzeit, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz and Pilgermann. If you were looking for the perfect opportunity to discover these superbly written, lyrical, poetic, highly original and imaginative novels, this is it. Read more on the Valancourt site

Latest news & features

Between September 2002 and March 2005, Russell Hoban contributed to his own discussion forum, The Kraken. In the first of a 2-part feature, Richard Cooper looks back over a selection of his posts.

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

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“‘Nameless here for evermore’ she said. ‘Names are pretty useless really. If you say the name of anything ten or twenty times it scatters and falls away and the thing that’s named stands there all naked and unknowable’. 

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Sample site content and links

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Short, undated video (2010s?) in which Sir Quentin Blake talks about his first collaboration with Russell Hoban on "How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen" and its sequel, "A Near Thing for Captain Najork".
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Philip S Turner remembers Russell Hoban following his death in 2011, and reflects on Turtle Diary, Turner's personal favourite.
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Extensive interview about several books. The link supplied is to the Google Books partial online version originally published by Methuen, 1985. Click on the "Russell Hoban" link off the contents page.
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Short review by Philip S Turner of the Russell Hoban tribute event at McNally Jackson Books, New York, on 8th July 2013.
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Martin Eve recollects the evening when Russell Hoban met Will Self.
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Russell Hoban with his Mr Punch puppet

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Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
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Brief news story on BBC website.
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2008 interview, heavy on the creative process, with biographical elements and an unfortunate typo "The Peloponnesian Wart".
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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.
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The original Russell Hoban discussion forum/community hosted on Yahoo Groups. Set up by Dave Awl in 1999.

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