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

“The things that matter don't necessarily make sense.”

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Sample site content and links

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Ghislaine Kenyon, Head of Learning at Somerset House, writes on her experience of Russell Hoban as a lecturer on art.
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The magic of the puppet show, says Professor K.A. Laity, is its ability to transform the inanimate into animation, to turn movement into story, and to bring to life all manner of dreams and stories.

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Trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's classic book.
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John Mullan introduces Riddley Walker as the Guardian's book club title, summarising the language and some of the themes of the novel.
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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.

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Scotsman journalist Chitra Ramaswamy remembers her friendship with Russell Hoban following an interview he gave to her about Angelica Lost and Found.
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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 writes about the genesis of Riddley Walker at a viewing of The Legend of St Eustace in Canterbury Cathedral.
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Displays all pins on Pinterest tagged "Russell Hoban".
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Taken during a visit to Russell Hoban's house as recollected at http://www.hoban2005.co.uk/recollections.html

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Frustrated author Herman Orff is trying to forget his lost love and find inspiration. A few wires-in-the-brain later, he becomes dogged by the severed head of Orpheus, which repeatedly insists on telling him its story, taking in the invention of music and creativity as well as the lost-and-foundness of Eurydice.

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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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