Russell Hoban (1925–2011) was the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. Hoban worked as a commercial artist and advertising copywriter before embarking on a career as a children’s author while in his early thirties. During the 1960s Hoban and his wife, Lillian, worked at a prodigious rate, producing as many as six books in a single year—many inspired by life with their own children—including six stories about Frances the badger, The Little Brute Family
, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
, and The Sorely Trying Day
(published by The New York Review Children’s Collection). Among Hoban’s novels for adults are Turtle Diary
, Riddley Walker
, The Bat Tattoo
, and My Tango with Barbara Strozzi
. He lived in London from 1969 until his death in December 2011.