Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Emma Watson hides feminist books on the tube for commuters to find

emma watson books london underground.jpg

Emma Watson made her name as bookworm Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, and nowadays, is best known for her incredible work for women all around the world.

So it makes sense that the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador has combined both her passions – reading and feminism – for an awesome scheme on the London Underground.


Read more: Emma Watson launches feminist book club


The Books on the Underground concept has been running since 2012, encouraging people to share their favourite works with complete strangers by leaving them scattered around the tube for commuters to find – because there’s nothing more welcome on the morning commute than a seriously good read.

Now Watson has given the idea a feminist slant by hiding copies of Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom for people to get stuck into .

 

 @booksontheunderground @oursharedshelf #Mom&Me&Mom

A video posted by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) on

She’s been leaving a few clues on social media to help people track them down – and some fans have found their copy already. Sharing images of their new book on Instagram, many revealed that Watson had left a hand-written note inside each copy.

It read: “You are the finder of Our Shared Shelf’s bi-monthly book choice.

“Each pick is made with careful love and attention – we hope you like it.”


Read more: Emma Watson hits out at 'dangerously unhealthy' pressure on women


It continues: “Just 100 copies were hidden on the tube by ‘Books On The Underground’. Take special care of it and when you are finished please leave it on the tube again for someone else to find.

“If you enjoyed it or have thoughts, please let me know on goodreads.com/oursharedshelf.

“Love, Emma (Watson)”

When @emmawatson makes your day with secret books on the tube #booksontheunderground #oursharedshelf

A photo posted by Jenny (@jennnnysymonds) on

Me & Mom & Me is the seventh and final book in author Maya Angelou's series of powerful autobiographies – making it a November pick for Watson’s feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf.

When she originally set up the club, Watson said: “I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering!

“I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”


Read more: Emma Watson's remedy for overcoming anxiety


She added: “The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all.

“Whenever possible I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.”

You can sign up to Watson's book club here.

Related

FeministBooks.jpg

50 essential feminist books

emma watson.jpg

Watch Emma Watson’s powerful feminist video

virago publishing.jpg

Virago publishers share the books that made them feminist

Comments

More

Four of the best books so far this year, as chosen by Amazon and us

If you read nothing else, make sure you give these titles a whirl

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Emma Watson really, really wants you to read these 10 feminist books

She’s curated her very own “essential feminist bookshelf”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

We need to talk about Offred’s secret weapon in The Handmaid’s Tale

This is the most important thing we can take from episode four

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

Little girl crashes stranger’s wedding for a seriously cute reason

And the photos are just perfect

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

JK Rowling flies to the rescue after Trump blocks Stephen King

This is getting ‘riddikulus’ now...

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Jun 2017

Bailey’s Prize winner Naomi Alderman on the importance of feminism

“If my novel is a dystopia, then we are living in a dystopia right now”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
08 Jun 2017

Boys ‘find it very hard’ to read a book starring a girl hero

Gender equality is still a problem for children's books, says leading author

by Anna Brech
08 Jun 2017

Dustbin man rescues books to create free community library

He's saved 20,000 books so far

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Jun 2017

Who is Arundhati Roy? The controversial author with an army of fans

The bestselling author’s much-anticipated second novel is out now.

by Moya Crockett
06 Jun 2017

Jacqueline Wilson confirms she is writing another Tracy Beaker book

Back to the dumping ground...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Jun 2017