His new novel is A Pinchbeck Bride.
Last month I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
Right now I’m reading The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser. I had never known Henry VIII was basically a crowned serial killer who’d executed his wife Anne Boleyn on what he knew were trumped-up charges (I’d always thought she’d done something to tick him off…). I enjoyed Fraser’s classic biography, Mary Queen of Scots, so thought I’d give this a try. I like history from a remote period because it has nothing to do with (my) writing.Visit Stephen Anable's website.
And, since you asked, I’m actually tackling re-reading Ulysses for the first time since college, when I crept gingerly through it while taking a course on James Joyce. I’m just loving it!—the whole detail of life on a warm spring day in Edwardian Dublin: the pubs, Trinity College, Mr. Bloom enjoying his fried liver, his wife thinking salacious thoughts. I picked this up because I needed a jolt of rich language, the reading equivalent of Black Forest cake.
Whenever I’m working on something and feel the need for stylistic inspiration, I read something luscious: Nabokov, Anne Sexton, Iris Murdoch, Ruth Rendell.