Leonard and Hungry Paul - Short listed in The An Post Irish Book Awards - Newcomer

Congratulations to Ronan Hession whose debut, Leonard and Hungry Paul, has been short listed in The An Post Irish Book Awards, in the newcomer category.

The Awards ceremony will be on November 20th at The Dublin Convention centre and is being filmed by RTE. The winner will be chosen by a public, library and academic vote.

If you have read Ronan's book and would like to vote, the link is here:

Thank you.

Kevin, Hetha, Lin, Leonora and Annie.


Leonard and Hungry Paul - Short listed for National Book Awards

Congratulations to Ronan Hession whose debut, LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL has been short listed for The Booksellers Association , National Book Token Awards #BooksAreMyBag Awards 2019. These awards are curated by booksellers and readers. The vote is now open, so if you can, please do vote for it. The awards ceremony will be held at FOYLES in London on November 12th. Ronan and myself will be there. I will not be wearing a tie.


Ronan Hession to appear at The Cheltenham Literature Festival

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 to be published in North America

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 - Books for Summer

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.

Ronan Hession interview on BBC Radio 2

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.

Leonard and Hungry Paul - BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice

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.


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