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.

Russell Hoban's Apple IIe

This is Russell Hoban's own Apple IIe computer, acquired in the mid-1980s, on which he wrote a number of books including the 1987 classic The Medusa Frequency. The computer recently turned up in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Yale University as part of their acquisition of the Russell Hoban Papers. (Photo: Matthew Kirschenbaum. Used with permission.)

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

"The real thing is always more than you're ready for."

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Mirror of an article on the SA4QE fan event which appeared in print only on 15 February 2004 in Talk of the Town, a short-lived supplement with the Independent on Sunday.
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Extensive Guardian Weekend profile of Russell Hoban by Nicholas Wroe from 2002, 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 Ta
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IMDb page on the film version of Russell Hoban's 1975 novel, directed by John Irvin, with screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Glenda Jackson, Ben Kingsley and Michael Gambon.
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A version of Ed Park's introduction to the 2013 reissue of Turtle Diary.
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Russell Hoban talks about his children's books. (Link fixed 27/11/15)
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An account of visiting Waterford, Ireland for Red Kettle's November 2007 theatrical production of Riddley Walker.
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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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Brief word-sketches from 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated. May have accompanied an original drawing or painting, which are not included.
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Review from Frieze magazine of the 2005 fan convention held in London.
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Legendary novelist Salman Rushdie includes the "unjustly forgotten" Riddley Walker in a list of his favourite "surrealist" novels.

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