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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Tebbo (15 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1486153461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1486153466
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Stallard on 15 Feb. 2014
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This is a classic novel of the Labour movement. I bought this copy to replace an older, now worn paperback. It relates the history of a group of building workers in the early 1900s with little or nothing in the way of social security, health and safety at work concerns and virtually subsistence living standards for the working classes. The central character offers a Marxist perspective on the really miserable conditions, which include deaths through preventable illness, starvation and dangerous working practices, though he is little listened to. It is an impressive novel, very much of its time and perhaps dating rather now, but it is still well worth reading. Some of the author's concerns are still very relevant.
This particular edition is a print-on-demand one and the editing is not perfect. Chapter headings often come at the bottom of one page with the chapter's text beginning at the top of the next, which feels strange. One attempt to present the tables the lead character uses in a kind of impromptu lecture in Chapter 25 is a real mess of misaligned columns and words and incomprehensible as a result. Fortunately I still had my old copy then, where I could see these as the author intended!
You probably need to have a left-ish turn of mind to enjoy (if "enjoy" is the right word for a pretty grim story) Tressell's novel but I think it's an important contribution to social history and well worth reading. I give 4 stars rather than 5 as reading it is a bit of a slog in places and the book's message is laid on with a trowel (not inappropriately given the subject matter perhaps!) and has little or no subtlety. Many people can enjoy the book's message. Some will hate it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Christie on 14 Oct. 2014
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Larger than a normal paperback. Possibly expected to be used as a set text, but layout is awful. Chapters not on separate pages, a table in the text was all out of order because of lack of proper typesetting. No fly leaves. Had to send it back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robbie 21 on 1 Mar. 2014
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I remember hearing of this book many, many years ago, and just finally got round to buying it to satisfy my curiosity - only read a couple of chapters so far, but holding my interest. Book is in prime condition and an easy read
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Received in excellent condition, even though bought as 'used'.
Very informative, relating to the Trade Union Movement and is very interesting.
Well recommended.
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By Mr. J. A. Betteridge on 4 Sept. 2013
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Simply a great read, I could not put it down. Well written it is an absorbing story of life at the turn of the 19th Century.
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By Colin on 5 July 2014
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Excellent, so full of every day life, in the work place, and life in general
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