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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
on 18 June 2011
It's 69p for heaven's sake. It's far from perfectly formatted but I am giving it four stars because it is one of the few genuine working class novels, or rather the only one, from that period and worth reading even in this version (although the page breaks are somewhat irritating). Very dated of course, particularly the Dickensian character names, but an essential read for anyone with any interest in social history. Those only familiar with the heavily edited first edition which depicted the socialist hero Owen committing suicide through despair should read the full version as Tressall intended it to appear. This is the other side of the Edwardian golden age. Particularly relevant now that the daily news of economic woes reads like a Soviet parody of capitalism - savage welfare cuts coupled with bankers' bonuses. Read it: the formatting is not that bad. On the other hand it IS out of copyright and there are free versions widely available which some might prefer, not least because they're free. Either way, read it.