Illustrated The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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 This is a beautifully illustrated version of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men in the fictional town of Mugsborough, and of socialist journeyman-prophet Frank Owen, who attempts to convince his fellow workers that capitalism is the real source of the poverty all around them. Owen’s spirited attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system, and his support for a socialist society in which work is performed to satisfy the needs of all, rather than to generate profit for a few, eventually rouses his fellow men from their political passivity. Written by Robert Tressell, a painter and decorator in Edwardian Britain, this book is widely believed to be the first working-class novel.

Described by George Orwell as a piece of social history and a book that everyone should read, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is often cited as one of the most authentic novels of English working-class life ever written. In this faithful graphic adaptation, creators Scarlett and Sophie Rickard paint a comprehensive picture of social, political, economic and cultural life in early 20th century Britain that is still acutely relevant today.


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    The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

    Posted by Charles Macrae on 24th Jun 2023

    Looks superb - grandson was reading it last night with his dad -

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    Posted by Nicky Ross on 14th Mar 2021

    Swift delivery and great product

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    Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    Posted by Roger Inglis on 22nd Dec 2020

    Brought back memories of my childhood in the 1940's. A favourite of my father's who frequently quoted it.

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    Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Graphic Novel

    Posted by Chris Walsh on 18th Oct 2020

    I read this book many years ago before starting the Community Learning and Development course at University. It was powerful and made a lasting impression on me. This graphic novel adaptation is gorgeous. It is beautifully illustrated and the weight of the original books commentary on social justice has not been lost in any way. I loved reading this and I am excited to share and discuss it with others.