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- DescriptionOriginally published in 1914, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a timeless story of Socialism, political awakenings and class struggle, told with a volatile mix of heartfelt rage and sly humour.
- Author BiographyRobert Tressell was the pseudonym of Robert Noonan, an Irish housepainter, who came to England from South Africa at the turn of the century. After working as a signwriter and becoming involved in local politics in Adelaide, Tressell wrote The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, his only novel. After the manuscript was rejected by several publishers, Tressell decided to move to Canada, yet tied of TB en route in 1911. The book was published three years later.
- PrizesRunner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
- Author(s)Robert Tressell
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication13/09/1993
- GenreGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleFlamingo modern classics
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Out-of-print date15/03/2007
- Weight473 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
- Edition StatementNew edition
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- natdrumone11 Aug, 2016by
Classic, compelling, current
Have you ever thought "I do far too much work for way too little recompense..." "I don't deserve to be treated like this..." "It is one rule for us and one rule for them..." yet in fact done nothing in a practical sense about these thoughts? Allow Robert Tressell to elucidate and explain this phenomena and much else besides. A seminal work that quite simply cannot be read and absorbed without having a profound effect upon the reader.
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- bh170121 Nov, 2012by
A lively, engaging, well written and important book.
I am really enjoying this book; it is written in such a lively and engaging style that it is hard to believe it is now 100 years old. The characters face the same economic pressures as people in our own age and are faced with being powerless before their bosses and feeling unable to change things. One of the most bizarre phenomena is the insistence on so many of the characters on supporting this blatantly unjust system which oppresses them. Sadly this is something which is still common in the working class today. I would recommend this book highly to anybody with an interest in politics and socialism; particularly if, like the protagonist Owen, they have to deal with friends and colleagues who do not share their views. This book is a real eye opener into the struggles of working people just to make ends meet. If more people read this book and put it's themes into action perhaps we would not be in the predicament we are now... Read full review
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