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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…

**this post contains spoilers** (but you’ve had over 100 years to catch up, so that’s on you) “All through the summer the crowd of ragged trousered philanthropists continued to toil and sweat at their noble and unselfish task of making money for Mr Rushton.” Ch......

Scarlett and I weren’t christened. I think our mother was put off church by having a Bishop for a father. But we did get assigned ‘godparents’ of sorts. And Scarlett’s godfather used to send her a very handsome book every birthday – starting with hardback......

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was published on April 23rd 1914 with the subtitle “being the story of twelve months in Hell, told by one of the damned, and written down by Robert Tressell”. Tressell was the pseudonym of Robert Noonan, who had died of tuberculosis......