15 Literary T-shirts to Rock for Summer

15 t-shirts for book lovers
Category: Reading
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A whole summer lies before us, full of golden promise.

Whether you are planning to spend at least a part of it strolling along the tideline of a beautiful Caribbean beach, sitting in an Italian square nursing a gelato, or wishing you'd brought a jumper to your mate's barbeque in suburban Scotland, you should do it while wearing your literature-loving credentials on your chest. 

That's why we decided to hide our credit card before going on a pretend online shopping spree to bring you these 15 brilliant book-inspired t-shirts. 


George Orwell t-shirt

1. George Orwell 1984 Truth Quote

If - like many millennials - you plan to grab a can of your favourite cola before going to protest at something this summer, why not do so in this stylish t-shirt homage to George Orwell's prescience about the post-truth age. 

Available from AllRiot 

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein T-Shirt

2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

We already liked The Literary Gift Company - they sponsor our 50 Word Fiction Competition after all. After seeing this montrously good t-shirt, we now love them.

Available from The Literary Gift Company

The Handmaid's Tale t-shirt

 3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Show your love from Margaret Atwood's recently-adapted-for-TV 1986 classic. Other lovers of the novel will surely seek you out when you're clad in this classy number. 

Available from Out of Print

Dark Tower t-shirt the gunslinger

4. The Gunslinger Creed

Like Stephen King's famous Dark Tower creation The Gunslinger, you can kill with your heart this summer by wearing this cool design we found on TeeFury. 

Available from TeeFury

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas T-Shirt

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This tee is a reprint of the first edition cover of Hunter S. Thompson's classic slice of Gonzo journalism. As your attorney, we advise you to buy it. 

Available from Out of Print

Moby Dick is Jaws T-shirt

6. Moby Dick is Jaws

You're gonna need a bigger wardrobe this summer to house this white whale of a literary tee. 

Available from TEEPUBLIC

The Outsiders T-Shirt S.E. Hinton

7. The Outsiders - Burton Edition

50 years old this year, S. E. Hinton's YA classic is still gathering fans. Whether your a Greaser or a Soc, you'll look hip in this Mikey Burton-designed tee.

Available from Out of Print

The Wizard of Oz T-Shirt

8. Yellow Brick Abbey Road

Set your sights over the rainbow by buying this rather cool Wizard of Oz / Abbey Road mash up. 

Available from TeeFury

Jack Keroauc Quote T-Shirt

9. Keep Rolling Under the Stars

If you are mad to live, mad to talk, you'd be mad not to be desirous of this rather beat vest, emblazoned with the words of Jack Keroauc. 

Available from Human (other colours and styles are available)

I love all my children equally t-shirt

 10. I love all my children equally

If you freeze up every time someone asks you that fateful question: "What's your favourite book?", get on the front foot with this t-shirt. Consider it a pre-emptive strike.  

Available from Human (other colours and styles are available)

It's not hoarding if it's books t-shirt

11. It's not hoarding if it's books

If your floor is your largest bookshelf, then this t-shirt is for you. Remind your SO, and other detractors, that collecting a personal library is a life pursuit, no matter how many boxes you have to fill each time you move house. 

Available from Human (other colours and styles are available)

The Men of Jane Austen Vest

12. Jane Austen Beau Vest

People will walk through water to get their hands on this celebration of the men of Jane Austen. 

Available from Etsy

The Catcher in the Rye T-shirt

13. Retro Catcher in the Rye

Separate yourself from the phoneys this summer with this brilliantly retro celebration of J.D. Salinger's seminal work. 

Available from ShirtManDude

Stephen King Rules T-Shirt

14. Stephen King Rules

This t-shirt featured in the classic 80s horror movie Monster Squad. Be a King by making it a feature of your wardrobe this summer. 

Available from Poputees

Imagination Celebration T-Shirt

15. Sendak Rules

"No story is worth the writing, no picture worth the making, if it's not the work of the imagination" - Maurice Sendak. We love this 1982 illustration from the Where the Wild Things Are author. 

Available from Out of Print


You've got the t-shirt, now make sure you pack the right book. Visit our themed book lists for loads of reading recommendations.

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