Welcome to The Pigeonhole Library

Heart of Glass
by Ivy Ngeow
Free book

A pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era

10 staves total
~ 28 mins each

The Burning Hill
by A.D. Flint
Free book

Robbed and shot on Copacabana Beach, a young British soldier sets out to save the favela kid who nearly killed him

10 staves total
~ 29 mins each

The Hourglass
by Liz Heron
Free book

A novel about time and ageing, love and opera, set in a Venice that's constantly changing and forever stays the same

10 staves total
~ 25 mins each

The Necromancer's Apprentice
by Icy Sedgwick
Free book

Mummies, Mayhem, And Magic!

7 staves total
~ 25 mins each

Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray
Free book

A novel without a hero

35 staves total
~ 28 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

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

The original adventures of the infamous pairing, Watson and Holmes

12 staves total
~ 28 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

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

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

The 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize
Free book

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
Free book

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

31 staves total
~ 34 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

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Free book

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
Free book

Take the plunge and tackle the leviathan classic!

READ EXTRACT

31 staves total
~ 22 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

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Free book

Black spots and buried treasure

11 staves total
~ 20 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 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

The 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing
Free book

Read the works of the 2017 Caine Prize shortlist

5 staves total
~ 19 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

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 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

Letters from Africa
Free book

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

READ EXTRACT

10 staves total
~ 32 mins each

Gulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift
Free book

The eternal satire of the human condition

15 staves total
~ 22 mins each

Wisdom Hackers
Free book

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

READ EXTRACT

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.

READ EXTRACT

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

Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Free book

Charles Dickens’ masterpiece of first love and lost identity

READ EXTRACT

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

READ EXTRACT

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

READ EXTRACT

4 staves total
~ 1 hour 41 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

Fable
Free book

A sparkling anthology of fairy tales retold

READ EXTRACT

8 staves total
~ 30 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

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

Deadlines
by Chris Brosnahan
Free book

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
Free book

Workers of the world unite!

7 staves total
~ 5 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

Letters from Berlin
Free book

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

READ EXTRACT

12 staves total
~ 15 mins each

The Moor
by Sam Haysom
Free book

A group of 13-year-old boys go hiking on the moors of South West England and gradually begin to disappear, one by one

10 staves total
~ 23 mins each

Letters from Greece
by (ed.) Evangelia Avloniti
Free book

Life in the crisis: portraits of real Greece today

READ EXTRACT

11 staves total
~ 13 mins each

The Failsafe Query
by Michael Jenkins
Free book

A thrilling novel that explores the legacy of an unknown list of Russian moles in the British establishment.

10 staves total
~ 30 mins each

Love Will Tear Us Apart
by Holly Seddon
Free book

Two friends promise to marry at 30, but their promise becomes a prison.

10 staves total
~ 32 mins each

The Tall Man
by Phoebe Locke
Free book

A senseless murder. A terrifying legend. A family haunted.

10 staves total
~ 25 mins each

I Never Lie
by Jody Sabral
Free book

Is she the next victim? Or is she the culprit...?

10 staves total
~ 24 mins each

Social Creature
by Tara Isabella Burton
Free book

The Talented Mr Ripley for the Instagram age

8 staves total
~ 33 mins each

The Poison Bed
by E C Fremantle
Free book

A marriage. A murder. One of them did it. One of them will die for it.

10 staves total
~ 39 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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