The other end of the spectrum: I’ve read William Trevor’s Love and Summer in one day. So if Wolf Hall was about three times as long, why didn’t I finish it in three days? Reading is more than simple math. As dense and full of characters as Hilary Mantel’s historical tale was, Trevor’s is a “little” novel about love, loss, regret, guilt and innocence. It’s on the human level: person to person. No grand scale here.