We're really pleased to announce that Ronan will be appearing at the world's oldest Literary Festival, The Cheltenham Literature Festival on Friday 4th October. The festival is celebrating its 70th year and will be showcasing seven new debut authors, Ronan Hession being one of them. Ronan will be reading from his debut,' LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL.'
LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession is to be published by the brilliant and multi-award winning independent Melville House, Brooklyn, NY, home to two nobel laureate writers.
Melville House will publish Leonard and Hungry Paul in 2020 and we are so pleased that Ronan's debut will now be read in the USA and Canada.
The Irish TImes have chosen 'Leonard and Hungry Paul' by Ronan Hession as one of their books for summer. It has also been selected on the UK Parliamentarians reading list for summer too.
Deirdre Shanahan will be at The Greenwich Book Festival on Saturday 15th June talking about her debut 'Caravan of The Lost and Left behind in an event about 'The sense of place.'
Ronan Hession will be at Forum Books in Corbridge on Sunday 16th June from 10am signing and reading from his debut 'Leonard and Hungry Paul.' He will be at Drake Bookshop in Stockton at 1pm too, signing and reading from his book.
It has been quite the weekend for reviews of Ronan Hession's debut 'Leonard and Hungry Paul.
The Guardian review in Saturday's paper is below and remarks that the book is 'Something exceptional.'
There was also a review in The Yorkshire Post.
'Hession's authorial voice is so distinctive and assured, his writing so effortlessly lyrical it makes the heart sing.'
Ronan Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul, was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 by Ricky Wilson, lead singer of The Kaiser Chiefs. Ricky was standing in for the shows host Jo Whiley. You can hear the interview in the link below and Ronan comes in on 33 mins. The book was chosen for the BBC 2 Radio Book Club and there are some lovely comments from a book club based in Suffolk. As one of them says. 'Do not trust anyone who doesn't love this book.' We love readers, they are the best critics.
Here is a beautiful piece in The Irish Times by Ronan on why he wrote his novel, Leonard and Hungry Paul.
We launched the book at Hodges Figgis in Dublin and it was a cracker.
Thanks to Stephen and all the booksellers who made it such a spectacular night. Leonard and Hungry Paul is now in The Bestseller Charts at No.2.
March is a busy month with the launch of Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession at Hodges Figgis, the 250 year old and world famous bookstore in Dublin, on Wednesday 20th March at 6pm. Ronan will be reading and chatting about his debut. You are all cordially invited. Rick O'Shea, the RTE radio presenter has chosen the book as his fiction book of the month for his Book Club, which is the biggest book club in Ireland.
The other cracking news is that the BBC Radio 2 Book Club have also chosen Leonard and Hungry Paul as their book for Spring. Ronan is being interviewed by Jo Whiley on Monday 18th March from 7.30pm, so please do tune in and hear Ronan reading and chatting about his book. We will put up the link after the show so those who couldn't manage to listen live, can hear the interview.
The UK launch of Leonard and Hungry Paul will be at the brilliant Book Corner, in The Piece Hall, Halifax on Friday April 5th at 7pm. Wine, food and wonderful company, so please do bob along and hear Ronan read and speak about Leonard and Hungry Paul.
The BBC Radio 2 Book Club, hosted by Jo Whiley, have chosen LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by Ronan Hession as as their title for March 2019., which is absolutely brilliant news. You will be able to hear Ronan read form his novel and the interview live on Radio 2 Monday 18th March from 7pm to 9pm.
Marvellous and congratulations to Ronan.