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Ronan Hession

  • Publication date: March 2019
  • Publisher: BLUEMOOSE BOOKS
  • Country: IE
  • 245 print pages
  • Dramedy


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Ireland
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Facing failure, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Solidarity, Friendship


A disarming novel that asks a simple question: Can gentle people change the world?


Translation rights sold: US

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2020, in the Debut Book of the Year category
Shortlisted for the 2019 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, in the fiction category
Chosen for BBC Radio 2 Book Club

“Charming without being twee, this funny, warm book will bring you sunshine.” —The Irish Times

"A charming, warm-hearted celebration of all that is treasurable about everyday life, “stories of overlooked people who had simply lived their lives as best they could”. It’s witty, but the jokes, refreshingly, are never at anyone’s expense." The Guardian

Debut novel

Ronan Hession is an Irish writer. His band Mumblin' Deaf Ro was shortlisted for The CHOICE MUSIC awards.


In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musician Rónán 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?

Guardian review

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