Have you ever wondered about the influence of a writer’s family on their work? There is an interesting and provocative new collection of essays on this subject by the Irish writer Colm Toibin. It is titled New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Thier Families. Toibin has done great work in his novels and short stories but here he shows a talent for explaining some great writers (including Beckett, Thomas Mann and William Butler Yeats) in terms of their family dynamics and subsequent inluence on their literary output. Toibin has proved he is a man of many talents.