Russell Hoban (1925-2011) was the author of many extraordinary novels including Turtle Diary, Riddley Walker, Amaryllis Night and Day, The Bat Tattoo, Her Name Was Lola, Come Dance With Me and Linger Awhile. He also wrote some classic books for children including The Mouse and his Child and the Frances books.
Russell Hoban on Granta.com
A Conversation with the Head of Orpheus
'Far, far away in the night are live human beings whose breathing can be heard as they speak, and they're looking at their illuminated dials as I look at mine at this end of the darkness that curves with the night miles to the heave and swell of the ocean dawn.'
Fragments of a Lament for Thelonious Monk
‘In the Five Spot in Cooper Square I sat long ago in the blue smoke and the buzz of night-murmurers and saw you under your magical hat at the helm, your keyboard was the wheel by which you steered precariously our frail vessel on the edgelines of the actual.’