Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

Today I’m sharing my mini review about Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession, published by Bluemoose Books. I bought my copy from Bert’s Books, my local bookseller, who sells books online via http://www.bertsbooks.co.uk, with an personalised letter and ribbon, perfect for a present to a loved one or yourself.


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 outa 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.

My thoughts:

Thank you to the Motherload Facebook book club for picking this as their monthly read, which encouraged me to treat myself to a copy AND to get on with reading it.

This is a beautiful, gentle story about how two men make subtle changes in their lives and also help other people to realise that they are more capable than expected.

In a year when most people have had much less ‘going out’ time than usual, I couldn’t help feeling that Leonard and Hungry Paul were ahead of the curve, preferring quiet evenings in with a board game.

I loved reading about the friendships and the family dynamics in this book. I look forward to reading more by Rónán Hession (aka Mumblin’ Deaf Ro on Twitter) in the future. If you haven’t read this book, then I humbly suggest you grab a copy, and settle down to read it.

Serving suggestion!


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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