The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to, 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early drafts of Riddley Walker in standard English, letters from Harold Pinter, an invitation to the White House and unpublished children's story Jim Hedgehog's Midnight Saxophone.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

Jump! Into the empty air,

Drop to the rocks down there.

Maybe some of us will make it.

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

Scotsman journalist Chitra Ramaswamy remembers her friendship with Russell Hoban following an interview he gave to her about Angelica Lost and Found.
Full version of The Mouse and His Child 1977 animated film based on the 1967 Russell Hoban novel by the same name. Voice actors include Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine, Alan Barzman, and Marcy Swenson as the Child. Directed by Charles Swenson & Fred Wolf.
Birmingham-based theatre company Stan's Cafe comment on why they revived Russell Hoban's 1984 play The Carrier Frequency.
The Stratford Observer favourably reviews the RSC's production of The Mouse and His Child.
To celebrate its 21st anniversary in 1992, the British publisher Picador invited 21 of its best authors to write about one of the years from 1972 to 1992, from their own perspective.
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Russell Hoban's last children's story begins with an ice-lolly stick. Its sweetness gone, it lies discarded and lonely ... until a little girl called Rosie comes along.

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Sarah Varley sells art objects and bric-a-brac from a market stall. Roswell Clark is a toy-inventor turned sculptor who specializes in grimly ironic pieces involving crash test dummies. Both are widowed and a little bit lost in their own private worlds. Their paths cross one day while admiring a bat on a Chinese bowl at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In 2013, writer and journalist Paul Cooper was given the enviable task of cataloguing Russell Hoban's manuscripts. In this fascinating article written especially for, he recalls some of his discoveries.
Extensive profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe, examining the author's life from his birth in Pennsylvania in 1925 via his army experiences, early books including The Mouse and His Child, his early novels, and on to Riddley Walker, later novels such as The Bat Tattoo, and the SA4QE event.