On 7 April 1926 an Irish woman stepped out from a crowd in Rome and fired a shot at one of the 20th century's most infamous dictators. One bullet grazed the nose of Benito Mussolini, but the Italian leader survived the assassination attempt.
According to Quentin Tarantino's film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), 1969 was the year the Western died, the year the Western got off its horse and drank its milk. If film was the most significant art form of the 20th century, then the Western genre was the signature form of cinema’s most powerful player, America.
A number of books about motherhood published in recent years are taking a different slant. Avni Doshi’s debut Burnt Sugar made the 2020 Booker shortlist with its stunning portrayal of ambivalent motherhood, while Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh examined parental longing.
My Top Ten: a selection of some great factual titles
As adult non-fiction buyer for Dublin City Libraries, a key part of my role is to comb through the staggering annual publishing output of new adult non-fiction releases, across all the genres, to pluck out the ‘gems’ among them, and ensure they are available for our library patrons.
Humans have a thing called a learning bias. No matter how wise a saying is, we are much more apt to accept it as true if we trust the source. Not only that, but we're fascinated by ultimate truths that spur us into action.