The Book Fairies

I am Cordelia and I run Books on the Underground, but am lucky to be supported by a group of amazing helpers, dubbed the Book Fairies ever since a BBC Radio interviewed me and our founder Hollie (listen from 50m!). Meet us here, and don't be shy in saying hello! The Book Fairies help with various campaigns, which involves receiving boxes of books, stickering them up, then on the campaign day they run around the London underground hiding copies of the book - and share their hiding places on social media!


Cordelia, Chief Book Fairy

Moskva by Jack Grimwood - books on the undergroundMeet Cordelia, director of Books on the Underground and Chief Book Fairy.

I basically grew up in the children's corner of my dad's bookshop in a little Hampshire village, and have always loved reading. I've been involved in Books on the Underground since 2012, when I started looking after the social channels and dropping a few books. Our founder, Hollie Belton, left the UK and fully handed over the reins in 2015, and I've been busy building up an amazing team of Book Fairies since then. Since starting Books on the Underground, we have branched out internationally.


Emma, Book Fairy since November 2016

Meet Emma, our newest Book Fairy. Emma loves reading so much book fairy emmashe created her own international Book Club, called Our Shared Shelf. Focussed on feminist literature, the book club discusses a new read every two months. In November, Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou is the book of choice, and Emma told the world by hiding copies of the book on the London and New York underground networks. Find Emma on Twitter at @EmmaWatson.


hollie-belton-book-fairyHollie, Book Fairy Alumni ’15

Meet Hollie Fraser, Founder of Books on the Underground.

Hollie started Books on the Underground back in 2012, she left London in 2015 to spread the Book Fairy dust across the globe. She now resides in New York City where she is running and growing the Books on the Subway branch of our team.


Carleanne, Book Fairy since August 2015the book fairies - carleanne

Meet Carleanne, Marketer and sometimes real life Bridget Jones. One of her lifetime ambitions is to write her own book so she loves to read and be inspired. Carleanne came to reading for pleasure in her late teens and now can't imagine her life without a good book in her hand! Keep in touch on Twitter @carleannegwen


Zarina, Book Fairy since August 2015

the book fairies - zarinaMeet Zarina, who has lived in London since 2010, where she writes reviews and bookish features for her own blog, Novelicious, Heat magazine, Lovereading and RealReaders. In her day job she is a Digital Content Editor, and evenings and weekends are spend blogging about books, theatre, travel, and all the great things London has to offer. She loves spreading the bookish joy and you can follow her @zarinatweets and www.pagetostagereviews.com.


the book fairies-ellenEllen, Book Fairy since July 2016

Meet Ellen, who has her Mum to thank for her lifelong love of reading, for making sure she grew up surrounded (quite literally!) by books. Ellen has worked in Waterstones and at the Royal Society of Literature, and has just recently moved to London. She says "I'm proud of the work that Books on the Underground do and hope it will ignite a love of books in an unsuspecting commuter or two!" Connect on twitter: @ellenharber

Ellen's favourite campaigns: Lockwood & Co • The Wrong Train


the book fairies - melanieMelanie, Book Fairy since September 2016

Meet Melanie, former music journalist in Australia and current aspiring writer. Melanie thinks reading is the greatest gift we have! When she's not reading, she's probably secondhand book hunting, at the library, or tweeting about books.

Melanie joined the Book Fairies recently, and you can find her on Twitter @booksandwine76

Melanie's favourite campaigns: Missing, Presumed • The Girl with All the Gifts


the book fairies - laurenLauren, Book Fairy since August 2016

Meet Lauren, an English Literature graduate who is fascinated by the Brontë sisters and Sylvia Plath. She love books for their escapism, their smell, and how beautiful they look on a bookcase - more importantly, her bookcase...

Find Lauren @Lauren_Allen95

Lauren's favourite campaigns: What's a Girl Gotta Do? • Set Me Free


sarah-book-fairySarah, Book Fairy since August 2016

Sarah is a recent English graduate from Queen Mary University of London. She currently works in publishing and loves social media, London and reading. She can usually be found on the Jubilee line with her nose deep in a book.


If you're interested in joining the Book Fairies and being part of Books on the Underground then get in touch! booksontheunderground@hotmail.co.uk. Follow the Book Fairies on @BOTUBookFairies

If you have already got in touch, it's a bit nuts at the moment but we'll try to get back to you!

Love, Cordelia x

Exciting news: The Book Fairies have launched worldwide!