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Scarlett and Sophie Rickard

Graphic novelists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Our bestselling graphic novel adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists from SelfMadeHero.

The Ragged Education project

Linking generous donors with school and prison libraries who want to share The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists with young people.

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......