American author Elif Batuman tweeted recently: "Every day I wake consumed by rage because Wolf Hall isn't about wolves." She can keep channelling her anger elsewhere because Sarah Hall's new novel, The Wolf Border, is about wolves.
Last year, to coincide with the centenary of the Great War, a spate of books was published that covered the conflict from all angles - everything from new histories to trench-set fiction to biographies of its soldier-poets.
Here is Philip Roth's beautiful, unsettling characterisation of his fellow American novelist: "like a moat so oceanic that you could not even see the great turreted and buttressed thing it had been dug to protect. You couldn't even find the drawbridge."