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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the classic working-class novel. It was written in 1906 by an impoverished house painter, Robert Tressell, and within its framework contains a manifesto for socialism. It tells of the appalling working conditions of a group of painters and decorators and their struggle to survive at the most basic level. It is moving, grimly humorous, and tragic. It has sold over six million copies worldwide since it was published, and it has the power to change lives.
Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos AudioBooks
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By Virginia Waldron on 10-20-17

A Sermon on Socialism

A tedious waste of time. The narrator did a fine job with material that was utterly tiresome.

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By Lynn on 03-02-13

things don't change

This book is as applicable today as it was when it was written. A fabulous book but very frustrating, I never tire of it. The audible book is excellent I picked up on bits which I had missed when reading it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By The chillout consultant on 02-23-16

Amazing performance of a classic

A great book beautifully illuminated by the narrator. He breathes life into every sentence with an array of voices, humour, pathos, gravitas and even song.

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