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Leonard and Hungry Paul Reviews

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession


Ronan Hession

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Imprint: Bluemoose Books Ltd
Publisher: Bluemoose Books Ltd
Publication date: 20 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781910422458

LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL is the story of two friends who ordinarily would remain uncelebrated. They change the world differently to the rest of us: we try and change it by effort and force; they change it by discovering the small things they can do well and offering them to others.

4 stars out of 5
Carrie O'Grady
29 Mar 2019

"a charming, warm-hearted celebration of all that is treasurable about everyday life"

Nevertheless, this is an appealing book thanks to Hession’s engaging style, which flits lightly across the emotional range like a harpist plucking the strings. He is often inventively funny, as when he refers to blokes going to the pub “for an evening of darts, dominoes, cards or other prison games”. In the same sentence he can be heart-rending, adding that Leonard chose not to go because “nothing made him feel lonelier these days than the thought of spending time in the company of extroverts”. These flashes of wit and poignancy make something exceptional out of what might easily have been humdrum, vindicating WH Auden’s assertion that the novelist must learn “how to be / One after whom none think it worth to turn”.