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Scarlett and Sophie Rickard

Graphic novelists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

An epic graphic novel adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is in progress, to be published by SelfMadeHero in Autumn 2020. Follow the blog to watch it grow…

Mann’s Best Friend

Two families, one unsuitable dog, and a bank robbery – find out more about our first graphic novel, Mann’s Best Friend.

Carrie’s Cough

A true story, using original private letters, reveals a world of adventure and misadventure in 1880s Britain and Australia – find out more about Carrie’s Cough.

HEAT

Britain swelters under a heatwave, and 16 year-old Joe must get to the truth before it’s too late. Find out more about our young-adult graphic fiction in progress, HEAT.

What we’re up to…

While fans of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tend to enthuse about the political speeches and the workplace scenes, the domestic lives of the working people are an important and powerful part of the story. The next two chapters of our adaptation introduce the reader to......

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell is rightly known as a working class classic. But too often it is described as the story of the political awakening of a group of working men. The most famous passages of the book are the political ‘lectures’......

Each chapter in our adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has title that refers to more than one motif within it. They each get a full page decorative heading, which will help to break up the book and give it breathing space. The old penny......

Robert Tressell is a pseudonym, used by the writer of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. In his only published work, he has a habit of naming characters after their profession or personality – something people either find endearing or excruciating. For example, Makehaste & Sloggit are......