Russell Conwell Hoban (February 4, 1925 – December 13, 2011) was an American expatriate writer. His works span many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mainstream fiction, magical realism, poetry, and children’s books. He lived in London from 1969 until his death.

Books in order of publication by type

Novels for adults

  • The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973)
  • Kleinzeit (1974)
  • Turtle Diary (1975)
  • Riddley Walker (1980)
  • Pilgermann (1983)
  • The Medusa Frequency (1987)
  • Fremder (1996)
  • Mr. Rinyo-Clacton’s Offer (1998)
  • Angelica’s Grotto (1999)
  • Amaryllis Night and Day (2001)
  • The Bat Tattoo (2002)
  • Her Name Was Lola (2003)
  • Come Dance with Me (2005)
  • Linger Awhile (2006)
  • My Tango with Barbara Strozzi (2007)
  • Angelica Lost and Found (2010)

Selected books for children and young adults

  • “Frances the Badger” series: Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Bargain for Frances (1960–1970), the first book illustrated by Garth Williams, the rest illustrated by Lillian Hoban[5]
  • The Sorely Trying Day (1964), ill. Lillian Hoban
  • The Little Brute Family (1966), ill. Lillian Hoban
  • The Stone Doll of Sister Brute (1968), ill. Lillian Hoban
  • The Mouse and His Child (1968, republished 1990), (also a 1977 film)
  • Harvey’s Hideout (1969), ill. Lillian Hoban[30]
  • Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1971)
  • The Sea-thing Child (Harper & Row, 1972,), picture book illustrated by Abrom Hoban; reissued 1999 by Candlewick Press, ill. Patrick Benson[7][31]
  • Egg Thoughts and Other Frances Songs (1972), (ill. Lillian Hoban, poetry)
  • How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen (1974)
  • A Near Thing for Captain Najork (1975)
  • The Twenty Elephant Restaurant (1978), ill. Emily Arnold McCully
  • La Corona and the Tin Frog (1979), ill. Nicola Bayley,
  • Dinner at Alberta’s (1979), ill. James Marshall
  • Flat Cat (1980), ill. Clive Scruton
  • Ace Dragon Ltd. (1980), ill. Quentin Blake
  • Arthur’s New Power (1980), ill. Bryon Barton
  • Serpent Tower (1981), ill. David Scott
  • The Mole Family’s Christmas (1981), ill. Lillian Hoban
  • The Great Fruit Gum Robbery (1981), ill. Colin McNaughton
  • They Came from Aargh! (1981), ill. Colin McNaughton
  • The Flight of Bembel Rudzuk (1982), ill. Colin McNaughton
  • The Battle of Zormla (1982), ill. Colin McNaughton
  • Jim Frog (1983), ill. Martin Baynton
  • Big John Turkle (1983), ill. Martin Baynton
  • Lavinia Bat (1984), ill. Martin Baynton
  • Charlie Meadows (1984), ill. Martin Baynton
  • The Marzipan Pig (1986)
  • Rain Door (1987),
  • Monsters (1989), ill. Quentin Blake
  • Jim Hedgehog and the Lonesome Tower (1990), ill. John Rogan
  • The Trokeville Way (1996)
  • The Last of the Wallendas (1997)(poetry)
  • Jim’s Lion (2001), ill. Ian Andrew
  • Soonchild (2012)
  • Rosie’s Magic Horse (2013), ill. Quentin Blake
  • Trouble on Thunder Mountain, ill. Quentin Blake

Other works

  • The Carrier Frequency (1984), stage play
  • Deadsy and the Sexo-Chanjo (1989) and Door (1990), under the heading “Deadtime Stories for Big Folk”, text and narration for animated films by David Anderson
  • The Second Mrs Kong (1994), libretto for opera composed by Harrison Birtwistle
  • The Moment under The Moment (1992), stories, a libretto, essays and sketches

Film

  • Turtle Diary (1985)