Welcome to The Pigeonhole Library

The Last Hours
by Minette Walters
Free book

A dark and gripping depiction of Medieval England in the jaws of the Black Death

12 staves total
~ 40 mins each

The 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing
Free book

Read the works of the 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

5 staves total
~ 19 mins each

Scatterwood
by Piers Alexander
Free book

A rollicking journey to seventeenth-century Jamaica and beyond

10 staves total
~ 22 mins each

The Spy, The Renegade, The Rogue
by Robert de Casares
Free book

Deception and espionage in a Cold War climate

9 staves total
~ 26 mins each

The Bitter Trade
by Piers Alexander
Free book

It is 1688. Calumny Spinks has a big plan, but his father has an even bigger secret.

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10 staves total
~ 47 mins each

The Museum of Cathy
by Anna Stothard
Free book

A gripping, exquisitely paced novel set in a natural history museum

9 staves total
~ 21 mins each

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Free book

The original adventures of the infamous pairing, Watson and Holmes

25 staves total
~ 28 mins each

Starstruck
by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Free book

A hilarious, moving and literary collection of fantastical celebrity encounters

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10 staves total
~ 15 mins each

Sex Staves
Free book

Everybody needs more sex in their life, and the Pigeon has you covered

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10 staves total
~ 28 mins each

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
Free book

The story of a wife and mother who struggles against the strictures of her society

12 staves total
~ 17 mins each

The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Free book

An epic search for prehistoric creatures in the wilds of the Amazon

16 staves total
~ 15 mins each

The Diary of a Nobody
by George & Weedon Grossmith
Free book

Join the legions of fans of this classic comic novel

19 staves total
~ 7 mins each

Mother Never Sleeps
by Various
Free book

Ten stories from across Africa, by new names to watch

10 staves total
~ 7 mins each

Moby-Dick
by Herman Melville
Free book

Take the plunge and tackle the leviathan classic!

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31 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
Free book

Austen's posthumously published satire of the Gothic novel and high society

12 staves total
~ 21 mins each

Frankenstein
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Free book

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

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10 staves total
~ 24 mins each

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Free book

Black spots and buried treasure

11 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano
by Olaudah Equiano
Free book

The powerful memoir of a former African slave

6 staves total
~ 44 mins each

Letters on Love
by The Lovelies
Free book

Join in the discussion on love

7 staves total
~ 7 mins each

The History of Mary Prince
by Mary Prince
Free book

The first account of a black woman's life ever to be published in Britain

4 staves total
~ 11 mins each

Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northop
Free book

The true story of a captured citizen

18 staves total
~ 13 mins each

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Free book

Life on the Mississippi with Jim and Huck

18 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Free book

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

13 staves total
~ 2 mins each

The Thirty-Nine Steps
by John Buchan
Free book

The thriller to end all thrillers – with disappearing staves!

10 staves total
~ 13 mins each

The Riddle of the Sands
by Erskine Childers
Free book

Set sail for a secret, thrilling invasion

16 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Dracula
by Bram Stoker
Free book

The original blood-sucker

15 staves total
~ 38 mins each

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Free book

Beloved family drama charting four sisters' entrance into womanhood

25 staves total
~ 24 mins each

The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton
Free book

A metaphysical, anarchist thriller set in Edwardian London

10 staves total
~ 21 mins each

Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome
Free book

A stellar comic classic of a boat, three men and a dog

10 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Gulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift
Free book

The eternal satire of the human condition

15 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Free book

A novel without a hero

35 staves total
~ 28 mins each

Moll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe
Free book

From the bedroom to the jail cell, Moll Flanders is a wild ride

15 staves total
~ 30 mins each

Wisdom Hackers
Free book

Slow down and reflect on the ancient wisdom traditions – and apply them to modern times

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10 staves total
~ 18 mins each

After Page 18
by Page19
Free book

Bored? Run out of things to say? This is all you need from the best nonfiction around.

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15 staves total
~ 3 mins each

Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad
Free book

A sinister classic of adventure, plunder and obsession on the River Congo

11 staves total
~ 11 mins each

Middlemarch
by George Eliot
Free book

Eliot's sprawling masterpiece of rural English life in the 19th century

31 staves total
~ 34 mins each

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Free book

The desolate and wild Yorkshire moors are the backdrop to this heart-breaking classic

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10 staves total
~ 39 mins each

Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Free book

Charles Dickens’ masterpiece of first love and lost identity

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10 staves total
~ 1 hour 1 mins each

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
Free book

The original castaway novel

20 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Free book

Oscar Wilde’s only novel – a cautionary tale of the desire for beauty and youth

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6 staves total
~ 42 mins each

Dubliners
by James Joyce
Free book

James Joyce's short stories

16 staves total
~ 13 mins each

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Free book

A witty comedy about the proud Mr Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet

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4 staves total
~ 1 hour 41 mins each

The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
Free book

The ultimate ghost story from a master of menace

7 staves total
~ 20 mins each

Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft
Free book

One woman's account of 18th-century Scandinavia

12 staves total
~ 12 mins each

Mrs Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
Free book

Virginia Woolf’s finest hour

12 staves total
~ 17 mins each

Sons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence
Free book

A tale of family life in an unforgiving coal-mining community

25 staves total
~ 21 mins each

Tess of the d'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Free book

The controversial masterpiece recounting the life of a fallen Victorian woman

26 staves total
~ 19 mins each

Redpoint
by Yseult Ogilvie
Free book

A beautiful tale of fated love set in 1970s Britain

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10 staves total
~ 30 mins each

Fable
Free book

A sparkling anthology of fairy tales retold

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8 staves total
~ 30 mins each

Scaremongrel
by Many
Free book

Have you ever slept with the light on? You will now.

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10 staves total
~ 32 mins each

My Man Jeeves
by P.G. Wodehouse
Free book

Jeeves and Wooster star in an original collection of P.G. Wodehouse stories

8 staves total
~ 21 mins each

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Free book

The Christmas story of a man who is shown the error of his ways

5 staves total
~ 18 mins each

The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells
Free book

Ballard's tale of alien invasions and extraterrestrial warfare in the home counties

11 staves total
~ 17 mins each

Eat Sweat Play
by Anna Kessel
Free book

How sport can change our lives

9 staves total
~ 30 mins each

The Doll House
by Phoebe Morgan
Free book

A gripping debut psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming

10 staves total
~ 36 mins each

Hear Me
by Julia North
Free book

A psychological thriller set against the backdrop of apartheid-scarred South Africa

10 staves total
~ 26 mins each

The Silent Companions
by Laura Purcell
Free book

A mesmerising Gothic Victorian ghost story

10 staves total
~ 29 mins each

Paper Daisies
by Kim Kelly
Free book

Set at the dawn of Federation and the coming of the Women’s Vote, Paper Daisies is an Australian Gothic tale of murder and misogyny

12 staves total
~ 34 mins each

The Log House
by Baylea Hart
Free book

A woman abandoned in a deadly forest is forced to fight for her survival

8 staves total
~ 27 mins each

Bluebird, Bluebird - Attica Locke
by Attica Locke
Free book

A gritty tale of murder and racial tension in East Texas

10 staves total
~ 27 mins each

1. CHOOSE WHO
TO READ WITH

Join our commmunity of readers or read with friends in your own private book club.

2. PICK A BOOK
 

And read it in bite-sized instalments – called staves – that fit busy modern lives.

3. HIGHLIGHT AND DISCUSS
 

Save your favourite bits and leave thoughts to connect with fellow readers.

4. GET BEHIND
THE STORY

Beautiful extras in the margins immerse you in the world of each book.

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