Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession – a review

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two 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 quiet friends trying to find their place in the world. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change the world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that is special and overlooked in life.


It’s only June and I know this book will take some topping this year.  It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I don’t say that lightly.  The characters are just defined so brilliantly and it’s quite a charming read.

An absolute joy of a book and it will hang around in the corners of my mind for a long time to come, of that I have no doubt.

It is so nice (and somewhat rare) to read a book that celebrates our individual quirks and the things that make us who we are.  (The Big Bang Theory, anyone?)

It took me all but a few hours to read and it turned out to be exactly the book I needed at that time.

I’d love to know if you’ve read it and, if so, what you thought of it?  Or more to the point, how it made YOU feel.

Happy reading


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Mother of Dragons, rugby coach and eternal dreamer. I love nothing more than being lost down the rabbit hole of books and my Kindle. With a pinch of empowerment, a teaspoon of solitude and the odd G&T I'm not shy of an opinion or letting you know what passions stir my mind! Musings of a binge reader.

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