For bibliophiles there’s nothing as wonderful as receiving a book that is both inspiring and insightful. Now, imagine getting it signed by none other than Emma Watson! The UN Goodwill Ambassador in collaboration with Books on the Undergound has hidden copies of her most cherished book across various stations of the London Underground.
The Harry Potter star who works with UN Women left 100 copies of feminist writer Maya Angelou’s ‘Mom & Me & Mom’, the November-December choice for her online book club ‘Our Shared Self’.
The upcoming Beauty and the Beast actor wrote a personal message on all the copies. In her note carrying the Books on the Undergound’s agenda, she requested the lucky reader to “take special care” and “leave it in the tube again”, once finished reading so that another person could have it. She also asked reader to share feedback about the book on her book club’s page.
The Books on the Undergound movement began in 2012 and since then, they have been hiding free books in London stations every week. The group functions as a library but with a secret charm, just like book fairies. And this week Emma Watson became a fairy to Londoners, surely book lovers around the world are going crazy!
Earlier, this year Watson launched her book club on Twitter, and now the feminist-literary club has around 150,000 members on Goodreads. While starting her club the figurehead of the gender equality campaign HeforShe, wrote, “As part of my work with UN Women, 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!”, to stress on what led to such an amazing idea. “I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”
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In October, Watson finished reading Angelou’s book that was published just a year before her demise and wrote, “This book is one I have read before and is one of my favourites”.
The actor also posted pictures and videos on her social media profiles to engage followers. Some of the excited readers who received the prized copy were delighted and touched by the hand-written note.
We are not sure if people will be very eager to let go of the possession once they have finished reading, but we hope that they let everyone to be a part of the magic movement.