Paper Daisies

A story of one woman’s determination to see justice done, and the man who clears her path.

At Christmas, 1900, university student Berylda Jones is heading home from Sydney to Bathurst, and with customary reluctance, for ‘home’ is where she and her sister Greta live in quiet terror, under the control of their sadistic Uncle Alec. Berylda has a plan this time, though, to free herself and Greta from Alec for good – if she can only find the courage to execute it.

On New Year’s Eve, that plan begins to take fire. Just as Alec tightens his grip on the sisters, two strangers arrive at their gate. So begins a journey that will take them all deep into the rugged wilderness of the old gold rush country of Hill End in search of a means to cure an unspeakable evil. 

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. Purchase the book here.

About the author

Kim Kelly is the author of six novels, two of which, Jewel Sea and The Blue Mile, have previously been serialised on The Pigeonhole. Originally from Sydney, today Kim lives on a small rural property in central New South Wales just outside the tiny gold-rush village of Millthorpe.

Purchase the book here.

Read More

Why We Like It

  • ‘Colourful, evocative and energetic’ – Sydney Morning Herald
  • ‘Kim Kelly seems to understand the sounds and scents of the country …’ – West Australian
  • ‘…her skill with language makes for a glorious and engaging journey…’ – Newtown Review of Books

Kim Kelly is the author of six novels about Australia, its heritage and its people that are loved by readers all over the world. Her stories shine a bright light on forgotten corners of our past and tell the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.

Her work has been described as ‘politics by stealth,’ as she leads readers deftly and lyrically into difficult terrain, exploring issues concerning class conflict, disadvantage and violence, and the cultural contradictions which still plague Australia today.

Kim is an editor and literary consultant by trade, so stories fill her everyday – and most nights too.

Love is the fuel that fires her intellectual engine. In fact, she takes love so seriously she once donated a kidney to her husband to prove it, and also to save his life.

Originally from Sydney, Kim now lives in Millthorpe, a tiny gold-rush village in the wide, rolling hills of central western New South Wales, where the ghosts are mostly friendly and her grown sons regularly come home to graze.

How it Works

The book will be delivered in 12 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.
We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.
As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!
We kindly ask that you help us spread the brilliance of this book and support the author by leaving an Amazon review at the end the serialisation. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.
Any questions? Drop us a line on


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


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


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


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

More about us