In partnership with the libraries of Leelanau County and Cottage Book Shop, we are pleased to welcome Ronan Hessian to our virtual space where we will talk with him about his book Leonard and Hungry Paul (just released in paperback). Pull up a chair and grab a cup of tea and we will hear from Ronan all the way from Ireland. This book is a devastatingly clever and uplifting and is just the medicine for troubled times. In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musician Ronan Hession tells the story of two single, thirty-something men who still live with their parents and who are . . . nice. They take care of their parents and play board games together. They like to read. They take satisfaction from their work. They are resolutely kind. And they realize that none of this is considered . . . normal.
Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends struggling to protect their understanding of what’s meaningful in life. It is about the uncelebrated people of this world — the gentle, the meek, the humble. And as they struggle to persevere, the book asks a surprisingly enthralling question: Is it really them against the world, or are they on to something?
British Book Awards 2020 Debut Book of the Year Finalist
Irish Book Awards 2019 Newcomer of the Year Finalist
Ronan Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of songs, and his most recent album, Dictionary Crimes, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for album of the year. Leonard and Hungry Paul is his first novel, and was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year award.
Books can be ordered or picked up at Cottage Book Shop