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  • Ragged Trousered Philanthropists   | Robert Tressell

    Ragged Trousered Philanthropists  

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Tressell
    • Narrated By David Timson
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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.

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists | Robert Tressell

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Tressell
    • Narrated By David Timson
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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 has the power to change lives.

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists | Robert Tressell

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Tressell
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
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    (8)
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    Tressell's novel is about survival on the underside of the Edwardian Twilight, about exploitative employment when the only safety nets are charity, workhouse, and grave. Following the fortunes of a group of painters and decorators and their families, and the attempts to rouse their political will by the Socialist visionary Frank Owen, the audiobook is both a highly entertaining story and a passionate appeal for a fairer way of life.

    brent says: "revolutionary"
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