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Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

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Gayle recommends:

‘A book about a friendship between two quiet men who like board games and comfortable silences. It is, from the first paragraph, extremely funny (‘Leonard was raised by his mother alone with cheerfully concealed difficulty, his father having died tragically during childbirth…’), but also at times, a painfully tender account of not quite fitting into the world.’

From the publisher:

'God, what a voice Rónán has. It is spectacular and already feels like a cult classic. I was absolutely hooked.' - Donal Ryan

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st Century.

'The figure in Munch's painting isn't actually screaming!' Hungry Paul said. 'Really, are you sure?' replied Leonard. 'Absolutely. That's the whole thing. The figure is actually closing his ears to block out a scream. Isn't that amazing? A painting can be so misunderstood and still become so famous.'

LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL is the story of two friends trying to find their place in the world. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change their world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that is special and overlooked in life.