The last novel published in his lifetime was Angelica Lost and Found (October 2010), in which the hippogriff from Girolamo da Carpi's Ruggiero Saving Angelica breaks free from the 16th-century painting to search for Angelica in 21st-century San Francisco.
Hoban died on 13 December 2011. He had once ruefully observed that death would be a good career move: “People will say, 'yes, Hoban, he seems an interesting writer, let’s look at him again’.” He was cremated in Mortlake Crematorium, London on 4 January 2012.
Soonchild, illustrated by Alexis Deacon, was published posthumously by Walker Books in March 2012. Later in the year Walker Books published one more new book by Hoban: Rosie's Magic Horse, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
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