The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell was written at the turn of the last century and published shortly after his death in 1911.
The novel follows the lives of a group of Edwardian painters and decorators in the fictional town of Mugsborough (based on Hastings) on the south coast of England. The firm they work for, Rushton & Co, employs them to renovate a ramshackle Victorian house called The Cave, and the action centres around the firm’s exploitation of the workers and the dangerous conditions in which they work.
This is a tale of love and infidelity, the struggle to make ends meet, people’s capacity to have fun and be creative in the face of adversity, and the tragic consequences of too much cost cutting. There is comedy and tragedy, and an attempt to imagine a fairer world for all.
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Mon 15 Oct 2018 to Sat 20 Oct 2018