Editor Clare Gordon acquired World English Language rights for There’s Been a Little Incident for Head of Zeus from Sheila Crowley and Emily Harris, at Curtis Brown. It will be published 15th September 2022 in hardback and ebook.
Written as a multi-strand narrative, There’s Been a Little Incident introduces the world to the eccentric Black family. When flighty but lovable cousin Molly goes missing, her family convene in Dublin for an emergency meeting. Orphaned at a young age, Molly has a history of running away and according to her hastily written leaving note, this time she is gone for good. Over mini quiches and cocktail sausages her extended family must decide whether to try and find her, or if- at nearly 30- it’s time to let her go. At its heart, There's Been a Little Incident is a poignant examination of grief, of the ways it can pull people apart, and the oddly wonderful ways it can weave them together.
Alice Ryan said, ‘Following the tragic death of my mum ten years ago, writing became an act of hope. I wrote what I hoped would happen. The family in There’s Been a Little Incident suffer terrible loss and grief but somehow, they manage to keep a hold of each other – through sheer grit, perseverance and industrial sized lasagnes. This novel is very close to my heart, and I am particularly thrilled to be going on this journey with the wonderful Clare Gordon and the team at Head of Zeus who are smart, passionate and love lasagne.’
Clare Gordon said, ‘There’s Been a Little Incident is a novel that completely plunges you into a world and a family, through the euphoric good times and through the difficult moments you feel you’ll never escape from alone. It’s at times funny, devastating and heartwarming, and always compelling and relatable. I fell in love with Molly Black and her wonderful, chaotic family, and I can’t wait to share them with the world.’
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.