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There's Been a Little Incident
15 Sep 2022 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781803284057

A witty and warm debut novel by a young Irish writer. The Black family band together as their lost sheep, Molly, has disappeared.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 432 pages
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There's Been a Little Incidentby Alice Ryan

A witty and warm debut novel from a young Irish writer. A story of family, grief, and the ways we come together when all seems lost.

Molly Black has disappeared. She's been a bit flighty since her parents died, but this time – or so says her hastily written note – she's gone for good.

That's why the whole Black clan – from Granny perched on the printer all the way through to Killian on Zoom from Sydney – is huddled together in the Dublin suburbs, arguing over what to do.

Former model Lady V presumes Molly's just off taking drugs and sleeping with foreigners – which is fine by her. Cousin Anne, tired of living in Molly's shadow, is keeping quiet, and cousin Bobby is distracted by his own issues.

But Molly's disappearance is uncomfortably familiar to Uncle John. It doesn't feel like Molly's gone, it feels like she's lost, and he's determined never to lose anyone again. Especially not his niece, who is more like her mum than she realises.

'Here is a story that takes on grief in its many insidious guises, and yet this brave, big-hearted novel is full of warmth and wisdom. Clever, funny and an utterly life-enhancing read.' Christine Dwyer Hickey
'Told with great generosity and humour... Absorbing, uplifting and very hopeful.' Sinéad Crowley

Alice Ryan grew up in Dublin. After moving to London to study at the LSE, she spent ten years working in the creative industries, holding roles in publishing, film and TV. She was Head of Insight and Planning at BBC Studios before returning to Ireland. She now works at the Arts Council of Ireland and lives in Dublin with her husband Brian and their daughter Kate. Find Alice on Twitter at @Alice_Ryan

An update on the classic family novel, exploring universal themes of grief and belonging.

Well connected Irish author.

Set in Dublin, London and Bangkok. The author lives in Dublin and draws on her own personal experiences for the story.

MARKET: Caroline O'Donoghue; Bella Mackie; Naoise Dolan; Louise Nealon.


'Here is a story that takes on grief in its many insidious guises, and yet this brave, big-hearted novel is full of warmth and wisdom. Clever, funny and an utterly life-enhancing read' Christine Dwyer Hickey

'A story told with great generosity and humour... An absorbing, uplifting and very hopeful read' Sinéad Crowley

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