Welcome to The Pigeonhole Library

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Beloved family drama charting four sisters' entrance into womanhood

12 staves total
~ 52 mins each

Future Fiction
by Anthology

Join now to read the fiction of the future

5 staves total
~ 25 mins each

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

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

5 staves total
~ 18 mins each

Northern Stars - A Chartist Journey
by Laurence Cockcroft

Two children join a chartist movement that takes them on a dangerous journey through England, all in a bid to avoid slave labour.

10 staves total
~ 19 mins each

Innocents To The Slaughter
by Helen Maskew

1838, a year after the Seddon union affair, Hudson and Lawes are on the case of illegal child labour

10 staves total
~ 38 mins each

After Page 18
by Page19

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

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A spoilt orphan is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire. Despising it at first, she finds solace in unlikely friendships and a secret garden.

10 staves total
~ 26 mins each

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Black spots and buried treasure

11 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing

Read the works of the 2018 Caine Prize shortlist

5 staves total
~ 15 mins each

Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray

A novel without a hero

35 staves total
~ 28 mins each

The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James

The ultimate ghost story from a master of menace

7 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The original adventures of the infamous pairing, Watson and Holmes

12 staves total
~ 28 mins each

Frankenstein
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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

READ EXTRACT

10 staves total
~ 24 mins each

The Riddle of the Sands
by Erskine Childers

Set sail for a secret, thrilling invasion

16 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Dracula
by Bram Stoker

The original blood-sucker

15 staves total
~ 38 mins each

Moll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe

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

15 staves total
~ 30 mins each

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen

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

12 staves total
~ 21 mins each

The 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize

In anticipation of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize being awarded, we are giving you the chance to read extracts from the shortlist

8 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Middlemarch
by George Eliot

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

31 staves total
~ 34 mins each

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

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

READ EXTRACT

10 staves total
~ 39 mins each

Moby-Dick
by Herman Melville

Take the plunge and tackle the leviathan classic!

READ EXTRACT

31 staves total
~ 22 mins each

The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

16 staves total
~ 15 mins each

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

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

12 staves total
~ 17 mins each

The Diary of a Nobody
by George & Weedon Grossmith

Join the legions of fans of this classic comic novel

19 staves total
~ 7 mins each

The 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing

Read the works of the 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

5 staves total
~ 19 mins each

The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano
by Olaudah Equiano

The powerful memoir of a former African slave

6 staves total
~ 44 mins each

The History of Mary Prince
by Mary Prince

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

The true story of a captured citizen

18 staves total
~ 13 mins each

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

Life on the Mississippi with Jim and Huck

18 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu

“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 Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton

A metaphysical, anarchist thriller set in Edwardian London

10 staves total
~ 21 mins each

Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome

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

10 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Letters from Africa

A pigeon’s eye view of life in Africa’s great cities – Harare, Cairo, Lagos and Nairobi

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10 staves total
~ 32 mins each

Gulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift

The eternal satire of the human condition

15 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Wisdom Hackers

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

Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad

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

11 staves total
~ 11 mins each

Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

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

The original castaway novel

20 staves total
~ 20 mins each

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde

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

James Joyce's short stories

16 staves total
~ 13 mins each

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

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

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

One woman's account of 18th-century Scandinavia

12 staves total
~ 12 mins each

Mrs Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf’s finest hour

12 staves total
~ 17 mins each

Sons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence

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

The controversial masterpiece recounting the life of a fallen Victorian woman

26 staves total
~ 19 mins each

Fable

A sparkling anthology of fairy tales retold

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8 staves total
~ 30 mins each

My Man Jeeves
by P.G. Wodehouse

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

8 staves total
~ 21 mins each

The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells

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

11 staves total
~ 17 mins each

Deadlines
by Chris Brosnahan

Murder, intrigue and violence... in ten nail-biting, disappearing instalments

READ EXTRACT

10 staves total
~ 32 mins each

The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Workers of the world unite!

7 staves total
~ 5 mins each

Letters from Berlin

Dive deep into Berlin life with a series of essays from writers around the city

READ EXTRACT

12 staves total
~ 15 mins each

Letters from Greece
by (ed.) Evangelia Avloniti

Life in the crisis: portraits of real Greece today

READ EXTRACT

11 staves total
~ 13 mins each

Before I Find You
by Ali Knight

Are you being followed?

10 staves total
~ 25 mins each

The Blue
by Nancy Bilyeau

The price of beauty is death

10 staves total
~ 42 mins each

The Sentence is Death
by Anthony Horowitz

‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…’

10 staves total
~ 38 mins each

Skin Deep
by Liz Nugent

"Utterly gripping, fast paced, and featuring my favourite sociopathic female character since Lady Macbeth."

10 staves total
~ 37 mins each

Apple Island Wife
by Fiona Stocker

They moved to Tasmania on a hunch, what could go wrong?

10 staves total
~ 30 mins each

Domini Mortum
by Paul Holbrook

A supernatural murder mystery novel set in late Victorian London

10 staves total
~ 31 mins each

A Ration Book Christmas
by Jean Fullerton

Rediscover the joys of Christmas in the darkest days of the Blitz

10 staves total
~ 38 mins each

Capture or Kill
by Tom Marcus

An MI5 agent works to counter terrorism until he makes contact with an off-the-books organisation, who help him to track down two sibling terrorists.

10 staves total
~ 28 mins each

Divide and Rule
by Kate Hart

A historical fantasy trilogy which traces the battle for the Queendom of Madrona

10 staves total
~ 32 mins each

Heads You Win
by Jeffrey Archer

Can one man achieve his destiny?

10 staves total
~ 49 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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