Emma Watson the Tube Book Fairy

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | November 2, 2016 0

London commuters got a surprise when they spotted Emma Watson dashing through underground stations to hide copies of her favourite book.

Onlookers noticed the actress at St John’s Wood station on Tuesday afternoon as she got involved in the Books on the Underground campaign. The 26-year-old filmed herself dropping copies of Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom along the escalator rail at the Jubilee Line station. “I’ve been hiding copies of Mom & Me & Mom for Books on the Underground on the tube today! See if you can find one tomorrow! #OurSharedShelf,” she wrote on Facebook.

@oursharedshelf's Nov & Dec book is #Mom&Me&Mom by Maya Angelou

A photo posted by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) on

Predictably, some Londoners were rather excited about the A-list sighting, with one person writing on Twitter:


Another person posted: “Emma Watson was on the tube line I take today hiding books for people to find and the fact that I could have seen her just makes my life.” The A-lister was also spotted at Oxford Circus, where many people reportedly didn’t clock the star.

Speaking about the campaign, Cordelia Oxley, Director of Books on the Underground said: “Books on the Underground is simple – we share copies of all sorts of different books around the London tube network. Started initially by my friend Hollie, we’ve now been running for 4 years. I manage a group of amazing Book Fairies, who help to distribute books into every corner of London.

The campaign with Emma Watson is perfect as it promotes her feminist book club Our Shared Shelf, and also reminds people to look around for a hidden book when they’re on the tube!  We are lucky to have built up great relationships with authors, publishers and promoters and our calendar is full of exciting new adventures. It was Emma’s idea to be a Book Fairy for the day, and I think she did an amazing job. Hollie left London last year and is now running Books on the Subway in New York!”


Watson has been very outspoken about the US election in recent weeks, urging women in America to vote. She wrote on Twitter: “In 2014, I tweeted Desmond Tutu’s quote: ‘Men and boys, we show our manhood by how we treat our women’. The American men I know and love know this. They know the way a man treats a woman can’t be overlooked or brushed aside.”

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Books on the Underground


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