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.