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Ragged Trousered Philanthropists   | [Robert Tressell]

Ragged Trousered Philanthropists  

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the classic working-class novel. It was written in 1906 by an impoverished house painter, Robert Tressell, and within its framework contains a manifesto for socialism. It tells of the appalling working conditions of a group of painters and decorators and their struggle to survive at the most basic level. It is moving, grimly humorous and tragic. It has sold over six million copies worldwide since it was published, and it has the power to change lives.
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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the classic working-class novel. It was written in 1906 by an impoverished house painter, Robert Tressell, and within its framework contains a manifesto for socialism. It tells of the appalling working conditions of a group of painters and decorators and their struggle to survive at the most basic level. It is moving, grimly humorous, and tragic. It has sold over six million copies worldwide since it was published, and it has the power to change lives.

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    John Richmond, United Kingdom 31/08/2013
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    "A Working Class Struggle Classic"
    If you could sum up Ragged Trousered Philanthropists   in three words, what would they be?

    This book brings to life a glimpse of the struggles of a working family in Edwardian England. It is written with grit and tenderness in equal measure!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Weymouth, United Kingdom 02/03/2013
    Lynn Weymouth, United Kingdom 02/03/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "things don't change"

    This book is as applicable today as it was when it was written. A fabulous book but very frustrating, I never tire of it. The audible book is excellent I picked up on bits which I had missed when reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 24/07/2015
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    "Excitingly narrated working class literature."

    Unapologetically left wing rant at the state of the nation during the early part of the 20th century.

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    Kent A Wilson 24/07/2015
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    "A superb book !"

    So relevant that, if in a more modern setting, could have been written yesterday ! More people need to read this book !

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    Amazon Customer East Sussex, UK 26/01/2014
    Amazon Customer East Sussex, UK 26/01/2014 Member Since 2013

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    "A Classic which surprises"
    Where does Ragged Trousered Philanthropists   rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enlightening - enabling us to see how things never really change


    Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favourite?

    The children were well performed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely not - very long and somewhat over-written


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    An interesting read, as long as you accept that it is a political manifesto

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    Claire Aspull, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Claire Aspull, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "A bible for today's working class"

    Coming to this again inaudible format was a fantastic find. It is excellently narrated and can be both consumed in bite sized chunks or at one sitting. If you want a clear, humorous and fascinating insight into the real causes of inequality and the sadness of people's wish to remain duped, get listening today you wont regret it.

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