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Obituary: Riddley Walker author Russell Hoban dies aged 86

Russell Hoban, whose apocalyptic novel Riddley Walker became a cult favourite shortly after it was first published in 1980, has died at the age of 86. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Born in the US but living for most of his life in the UK, Russell Hoban started out as a writer of books for children. But in the mid-70s he started writing Riddley Walker, set 2,000 years after a nuclear holocaust. The book was widely praised upon publication in 1980, and was said to have been one of Anthony Burgess’ favourite novels.

Hoban continued to write for the rest of his life, but Riddley Walker remains the work for which he is best known. He aimed to write a book a year, and in an interview once suggested that death might be a good career move. His most recent novel, Angelica Lost and Found, was released about a year ago and met with favourable reviews.

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