Can there be a single person in the entire country who wasn’t forced to read “Of Mice and Men” when they were at school? The American classic was considered so flipping classic that it was on GCSE reading lists for longer than I care to remember. Still, in terms of great contemporary literature, it’s up there with the best. And what about “Lord of the Flies”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (aka, that book that Victoria Beckham got a name from), and “Catcher in the Rye”, possibly the most explosive book about teenage angst. Like EVER.
All of these greats, and many more, are threatening to become things of the past, with the odd dusty copy sitting on the bookshelf, if technology has its way. Now that more and more books being produced electronically, has the paperback had it’s day?An amazing t-shirt design company have had the most fabulous idea of putting the front covers of some of the most important works ever to be written onto t-shirts. Using the original or out of print artwork for books like “The Great Gatsby”, “Lolita” and “1984”, design heroes Out of Print have transferred some amazing front covers onto canvas (well, cotton) to be loved and worn in like your favourite book. Not only are they making some of the coolest t-shirts in town, but for every t-shirt sold they will donate a book to a community with limited resources via their partner, Books in Africa. I love every single one of these t-shirts, but what I need to do right now is dig out my well worn copy of Catch 22 and sit in a corner reading for a couple of hours.