The Russell Hoban website

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The Slickman A4 Quotation Event (named after the fan who came up with the idea) has taken place every 4th February since 2002, in commemoration of Russell Hoban's birth in 1925. Each year on the day, readers from around the world share their favourite quotations from his books by leaving them in public places, invariably written on yellow A4 paper (the sort he used). Fans also share their selections on social media under the hashtag #sa4qe and post their quotes and photos on this site. See this year's reports.
Photo above quoting Riddley Walker from @earthworksjason

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

'To me it seems that the best we can hope for in this life is honesty of error; more than that is just not to be expected.'


Russell Hoban links...

It is perfectly possible to read and  enjoy Russell Hoban’s masterpiece Riddley Walker without solving or even being aware of the riddles woven into the story. You struggle with the language for a time until its phonetic nature becomes clear, and you congratulate yourself for having...
riddley-indiana.jpg According to reviewers of literature, Hoban’s masterpiece is Riddley Walker.  I agree, but for reasons not noted in any review.  In both conception and presentation, Riddley Walker is a novel unlike any other.  It is a wonder and...
Aardman Animations co-founder Peter Lord chooses Riddley Walker in this panel discussion of three favourite books. Lord and the other contributors Russell Kane and Harriet Gilbert praise the book's language and originality. First broadcast 1st April 2016. Link may not be permanently available...
Russell Hoban's 1960 portrait of Montreal Canadiens' hockey hero Maurice Richard for Sports Illustrated magazine. This is also referred to in Chris Bell's essay "Russell Hoban the Illustrator" at A few years...
Novelist Helen DeWitt describes Riddley Walker as the "underrated equal of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land" in this brief list of favourite books.
mouse cover.jpg Someone that labels himself a metaphysical writer and talks about 'the thingness of things' and a primal consciousness that 'looks out of the eye sockets' one might think would not be involved with writing for children. Yet Russell Hoban must be one...
Personal appreciation of Russell Hoban's novels by fan and bookshop owner John de Falbe, focusing particularly on Fremder and Angelica's Grotto.
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