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There's Been a Little Incident
15 Sep 2022 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781803284071

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: 416 pages  Format: 229 x 148 mm
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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.

'There's been a little incident...'

Molly Black has disappeared. She's been a bit flighty since her parents died (sure, hadn't she run off with a tree surgeon that time?) but this time, or so says her hastily written leaving 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 back room of Uncle John's semi-D in the Dublin suburbs, arguing over what to do.

Cousin Bobby's having a hard enough time of it as it is, convincing his family he's happy single and childless. Lady V reckons this is all much too much fuss over a thirty year old. And Uncle Danny knows all too well how it feels to be lost with no one trying to find you.

But Uncle John is determined never to lose anyone again. Especially not his niece, who is more like her mum than she realises.

Praise for There's Been a Little Incident:

'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

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 her 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

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