The official Russell Hoban website

Welcome to russellhoban.org, providing definitive information and news about the late novelist Russell Hoban and his work.

The Slickman A4 Quotation Event 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 post photos of their quotations on this site, and these are gathered under russellhoban.org/sa4qe Which quotes did you share this year? (Photo quoting Pilgermann by Sandra, 2017)

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Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“It is a strange and frightening thing to be a human being, to partake of the mystery and madness of human consciousness.”

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A video posted by the Trouble Puppet theatre company on YouTube showing their approach to staging a puppet version of Riddley Walker. They establish the principal characters in "bunraku" style -- manipulated directly by visible puppeteers -- and do the puppets-within-the-story as hand...
Short piece in the UK Independent by Mick Jackson: "Hoban's book is a work of such colossal and devastating invention it makes other novels look weedy by comparison."
As part of the Guardian's "desk therapist" series Donna Dawson describes the "organised chaos" of Russell Hoban's workroom. With brief commentary by RH.
Russell Hoban talks to the Guardian's James Hopkin about his move to London, his eccentric work-room and various novels including The Medusa Frequency.
Riddley Walker readers (some first-time) comment on the book.
Harry hears the rag-and-bone man calling "Rainy numbers up! Any thunder up?" and goes through the rain door to a fantastical world where the weather is made to find an old iron tank used by the rag-and-bone man as a cloud catcher. To scare off the lion that is frightening the man's horse, Lightning...
‘This is it ... this is my destiny woman,' Max blurted out when he first met Lola at the Coliseum shop. Not only was she aristocratic and wild at heart, but the two discovered an uncanny convergence of musical tastes. Soon they were converging at every level - Lola filling Max's emptiness and vice...
No one realizes that the poor marzipan pig has fallen behind the sofa. No one hears his lonely cries for help. His sweetness grows bitter over the months that go by until a mouse discovers him and gobbles him up. But the mouse pays a price for her greed. A desperate feeling of loneliness and...
An account of attending the Russell Hoban Guardian Book Club event on 22 November 2010, plus reflections on The Mouse and His Child and the Frances books.

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