Learn About Us

quite simply; we love books

We love to spark the imagination and daily lives of londoners.

When you start reading about Books on the Underground, you realise it really is as simple as it sounds. We make sure that there are books travelling the London Underground, to be found by lucky travellers who then read them, and return them to the tube.

Books on the Underground was created in 2012 by Hollie Fraser, but since she moved to NYC (to start Books on the Subway of course!), we are now managed by Cordelia Oxley, who has been involved since early on in our history. Cordelia now runs Books on the Underground, and is supported by a team of Book Fairies.

curated picks for everyone

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Books on the Underground’s aim is to get more people in London reading. On an average week, Cordelia and her Book Fairies will put 150 new books around the underground, on seats, benches, station signs, and around ticket areas, accompanied by social media updates. We sometimes even give clues as to where the books will be dropped… 🙂

This Is Our Passion

As well as putting books we read ourselves back onto the tube, we are lucky enough to work with publishers both large and small, as well as film promoters and authors themselves, to bring a wide variety of new and used books to London underground travellers.

We want to collaborate.

Our Mission Statement

Originally, this project started out as a bit of fun. But we have seen, first hand the difference that books and reading can do in a community. 


Supporting Authors

People don't read books as much as they used to. It's a fact. This method of giving means they will not be forgotten!


Free Forever

Books on the underground remains to give away literature for free. We do this by working with publishers and authors.

tube etiquette

We know the tube can sometimes be a miserable place. We want to change this!


Bringing people together

We have built somewhat of an Underground book club. It is so nice to see that we may have sparked a conversation.


Keep it Social

We love social media, and it helps our authors and publishers gain interest. Keep tweeting!


it's fun!

We get to travel around the Tube and spread joy

Meet The Founder

winda Jaja

Winda grew up in Streatham. Taking the tube is an integral part in any Londoners life. It is a lifeline in itsself. From going to school, to seeing family and friends. The tube is what connects us. Literally. 

Reading is was a huge part in Winda’s life when she was growing up, and she wished to spread the joy of reading to others!

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