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

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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.



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 .

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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.”



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)”

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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.”



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.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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