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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.


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…

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a book about work and the meaning of life. It is full of metaphor and allegory, and no image demonstrates Tressell’s feelings about the meaning of work more completely than the drawing room at Mr Sweater’s house, which Owen decorates......

Owen’s practical demonstration of Marx’s theory of surplus economics is possibly the most famous scene in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. It is a powerful moment, told with great humour. It laid bare the ‘trick’ that the capitalist class uses to extort labour from the working......