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 return of The Marzipan Pig

This year sees the 30th anniversary of Russell Hoban's children's story The Marzipan Pig, and with it this October comes a new edition in the New York Review Children's Collection imprint, complete with the original charcoal drawings now tinted by illustrator Sir Quentin Blake. Writes Rebecca Rego Barry in a lovely article for the Guardian: "In this timeless tale, a sentient candy pig falls behind a couch, where it is consumed by a sentimental mouse that is, in turn, eaten by an owl who falls in love with a glowing taxi meter, and so on. Full of charm and adventure, The Marzipan Pig begins and ends with the consumption of a delicious almond confection, and yet that simplicity – or sugarcoating – belies the power of Hoban’s fable." (Image borrowed from the Guardian article credited as "publicity image")

Latest news & features

An archive of Russell Hoban's manuscripts as well as his classic word processor have found a home in the legendary US university.

John Foley SA4QE 2015

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

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

Selected Russell Hoban quotation

"Perhaps this world that's in us, this world that we're in, was never meant to be fixed and permanent; perhaps it's only one of a continuous succession of world-ideas passing through the world-mind. And we are, all of us, the passing and impermanent perceivers of it."

Russell Hoban ~ From the Novel ‘Fremder'

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Text of a talk given at a 1971 Exeter conference gathered in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" Volume 3, Number 3, November 1972. Access to subscribers only.
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Russell Hoban remembers his longtime friend, the children's writer Leon Garfield.
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Appreciation of Riddley Walker by novelist David Mitchell.
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Account and transcript of novelist Will Self's conversation/interview with Russell Hoban about Riddley Walker, from the SA4QE site.
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Complete film of Harold Pinter's 1985 adaptation starring Ben Kingsley, Glenda Jackson and Michael Gambon.
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A short video from the 2005 "Russell Hoban Some-Poasyum" fan convention of the author reading from his then-latest novel. Taken by Olaf Schneider and reproduced with kind permission of Russell Hoban.
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Wide-ranging interview originally published in The Literary Review, 1984. Reproduced on the Head of Orpheus with their permission.
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Excellent obituary by Tim Martin recalling Russell Hoban's novels and the dedication of his fans.
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A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
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