The Russell Hoban website

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

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, while some are posted on this site. Above: bathroom mirror quote from Kleinzeit (1974) by Sam Meech

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Author Neil Gaiman presents a short programme on BBC Radio 4, first broadcast 22nd September 2015, about the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and its retelling by contemporary writers including himself, Margaret Atwood and Russell Hoban. Hoban is interviewed briefly about "lostness"; Gaiman...
In week 33 of her "year of favourite books", Julie Parsons chooses Riddley Walker, summarised in this short article.
Writer Paul Kincaid on Angelica Lost and Found. Also touches on other (later) titles.
Fascinating and comprehensive resource site annotating Russell Hoban's classic 1980 novel Riddley Walker, providing notes on the novel's many themes, motifs and characters. An essential guide to the novel whether you're reading it for pleasure or study.
A 90-minute conversation between curator Martin Clark, artist Steven Claydon and philosopher Graham Harman on the themes explored in The Noing Uv It exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall Jan/Feb 2015. Riddley Walker, which partly inspired the show, is referred to explicitly three times in the video, at 8:...
Review-cum-essay of Fremder, Mr Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer, Angelica’s Grotto and Amaryllis Night and Day by Paul Kincaid, first published in The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 2002. (Link reported not working August 2017)
Very brief article in which Russell Hoban says why he would give The Bridge of San Luís Rey by Thornton Wilder as a gift.
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."
Tom Overton writes in the Paris Review (April 2017) on 1984 British nuclear war drama Threads. Russell Hoban reviewed the film for The Listener magazine and is quoted here "This is not a film to be reviewed as a film; its art is that it cancels all aesthetic distance between our unthinking and...
Short piece by Russell Hoban published in the New York Times, 23 November 1981, on the noises and "creatures" of the London Underground. This was later published as "Footplacers, London Transport Owls, Wincer-Boise" collected (and dated 1982) in "The Moment under The Moment...


Selected Russell Hoban quotation

“Hear the earth say itself, ponderous with evening, turning to the night.”