The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Scarlett Rickard, Sophie Rickard, Robert Tressell


The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men in the fictional town of Mugsborough, and socialist journeyman-prophet Frank Owen who attempts to convince his fellow workers that capitalism is the real source of the poverty all around them. Owen’s spirited attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system, and support for a socialist society in which work is performed to satisfy the needs of all, rather than to generate profit for a few, eventually rouses his fellow men from their political passivity. Described by George Orwell as a piece of social history and a book that everyone should read, Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is often cited  as one of the most authentic novels of English working class life ever written. In this faithful graphic adaptation, creators Scarlett and Sophie Rickard craft a compelling fiction that paints a comprehensive picture of social, political, economic and cultural life in early 20th Century Britain that is still acutely relevant today.

Creator Bio

Scarlett and Sophie Rickard are graphic novelists from the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Scarlett is an illustrator and graphic artist now living in Kent, while Sophie is a writer living in Cheshire. This is their second graphic novel.

Price £14.99
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 25 September 2020
Pages 352
Height 240mm
Width 170mm
Illustrations Full colour illustration
ISBN-13 9781910593929