The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists



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Sophie Rickard, Robert Tressell


Robert Tressell’s groundbreaking socialist novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men in the fictional town of Mugsborough, and 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 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. 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 craft a compelling fiction that paints a comprehensive picture of social, political, economic and cultural life in early 20th Century Britain that is still acutely relevant today.

Additional information

Weight 906 g
Dimensions 24 x 17.2 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 20 January 2021
Number of pages 352
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24 x 17.2 cm
Weight 906 g


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Scarlett and Sophie Rickard are graphic novelists from the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Scarlett is an illustrator and graphic artist now living in Kent, while Sophie is a writer living in Cheshire. This is their second graphic novel.