Robert Tressell Society,
(formerly "The Robert Tressell Centre")
4 Church Road, St.Leonards on sea, East Sussex, TN37 6EF
here to view last century's visitors' book
click here for the current visitors' book
Has anyone documented who the real workers of Hastings were as represented by Tressell?
I am reseaching family history and believe my grandfather to be one of the philanthropists.
excellent site! where exactly is he buried?
A NOVEL APPROACH TO SOCIALISM
Vincent Otter will be speaking on Robert Tressell’s ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’.
52 Clapham High Street Sunday 25th August 6:30pm
The “Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” by Robert Tressell is widely regarded as one of the most important novels in both analysing capitalism and relating to working class life. Numerous visitors to the Robert Tressell Centre web-site talk about the novel’s relevance to modern capitalism, and emphasize that it is far more than just a piece of literature depicting Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century.
This meeting will look at some of the characters and the main events in the novel which were used by the author to illustrate common working class experiences in capitalist society.
How far can Tressell’s work be related to the World Socialist Movement’s analysis of capitalism and to the genuine socialist alternative.”
ADMISSION FREE – ALL WELCOME
I am the great nephew of Boaz Jarrett, partner of Adams and Jarrett. Perhaps all was not bad about that firm as my mother remembers her uncle purchasing houses from his own pocket during the winter months in order that his employees could work and not be laid off as the majority of other builders did in those days. R.E. Warburton
thankyou i have old workmans motorbike and side chair and the unit is called bodgett and scarper.
I haven't read the book yet but was looking for information about it, for what i can understand so far it seems to be one of those books written long ago, like Thoreau's Walden, which are a treasure in the present to remind us how wrong we went. Am I wrong?
What a great book!
Good luck with your efforts - lovely music - have you got any other nice ditties?!!
Hi, just surfed in...Robert Tressel/moonin...read that book when i was a teenager...his grave is in the cem round the corner from me...it was overgrown for many years i dont know what it is like know !
Please note correction of email address.. thank you..
My grandfather was very much like Robert Tressell. I would very much like to have One of the Damned published again.
Just read the book. My much loved late father was a painter & decorater all his working life and it was the cause of his untimely death. At the age of 65 he was painting an outside when he fell off his ladder. He must have banged his head when he fell and five days later he collapsed at home and died a few hours later from seribal bleeding in the brain. He was a good man and worked hard, but worried a lot about money, or the lack of it. During the winter months and especially around Christmas time it was hard to find work and this was the worst time for him having a wife and three kids to support. He truly was a "Ragged trousered philanthropist" and even though he had read Tressells great novel, he always voted Tory or Liberal. It was bred into him you see. Anyway,reading the book has opened my eyes to what is happening today and if we are not careful we will return to the nightmare Tressell describes.
I have recently purchased a copy of "One of the damned" and am getting through it slowly, I have had very little reading time in the last few weeks due to shift work etc. I am now looking forward to getting my teeth into the book during my factory shut down. If it is any help, I have purchased a copy of OOTD after following up an ad in the morning star newspaper for a book dealership under the name of "Left On the Shelf".
I had already tried other book dealers, including the second hand capital Hay on Wye". But sadly no joy. Fair play to Dave Cope at "left on the shelf" following our phone call he tracked down a copy for me and I paid 16.99+packaging for the book. I am aware that like all out of print books he like other dealers will only be able to sell the book on when he gets hold of them. During our initial conversation on the phone dave told me that "One of The Damned" does crop up from time to time but they sell as quickly as he gets hold of them. Maybe Lawrence and Wishart should think of doing a reprint of one of the damned, after all the demand is there. I hope this helps.
If you wish to contact dave cope at "Left On the Shelf" I think the email is email@example.com I am in no way associated with dave and am not giving him a plug here of any kind. I speak as I find, and fair play I got my book last Friday.
Now comes the question. any news on David Harker, I look forward to his book being published on Tressell, but the only word I got was second hand that said no publisher yet. So David Harker, if you read this, what is the lastest? Can we expect your book in the shops soon? I look forward to it. If it seems that I have not mentioned RTP in this post so far let me point out that RTP is and remains for me the most inspirational novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I read this week in the tabloids that the earth may (or may not) be struck by an asteroid- year 2017. If I die then, I will not die a person who believes that the capitalism of today and its ultra competitive nature, that pits worker against worker while the rich get the cream, was something that was inevitable and that the asteroid did a favour to the earth against a parasitic human race. No I will die in the belief that there was a better road, a more humane and co-operative road- and this was spelled out in RTP. Though all being well, the asteroid misses and I grow old in a society that has rejected the haves and have not society once and for all. If there was any justice in the world every young person would be presented with a copy of RTP upon leaving school, with time to read and digest the work before they had to meet the Miseries and Crass's of this world. Owens of the world would no longer then be the lone sane voices amongst the poor downtrodden and wretched workers of this beautiful planet that we find ourselves living on. If you are reading this and have never had the pleasure of reading the RTP then please please track down a copy, it is never out of print.
For a better world.
This was an inspiring read. What is amazing is that the book could have been written now, in the 21st century. Many employers still treat the workers in the same manner, especially ithe building trade. But what makes it worrying is that workers still believe they can't do anything about it. They accept thier place as a given
In case there is any confusion as the nature of the Robert Tressell Centre, I would like to make the following comments. The centre as befits a centre in name only is a loose collective of individuals who are interested in the promotion of Tressell in variousways, mainly the organisation of the Robert Tressell Festival held for three years running. Apart from last year the centre has received virtually no financial assistance whatsoever, and is hence reliant on a few individuals, mainly Sue and Dee to run the show, others like myself and Ion who produced this excellent site, do what we can when we can. What has been achieved over a few years is remarkable, given how little had been done before.I reply to most emails, usually plugging my booklet while informing them about the festival and occasionally responding to the odd request about certain aspects of Tressell interest. It has always been rather frustrating when Tressell ends do not seem to meet activities not co-ordinated. But that is the nature of the subject, nobody has a monopoly. I was very surprised recently to see in Lewes, Sussex an exhibition and various activities organised not by us, no one had even informed or asked us to take part, in the same county. Even the University of the third age who's list of speakers I am on used someone else. But that is what happens no matter how one tries to cooperate.
best wishes from a brother of the brush, with respect a williams phd (paper hanging decorator)
I have written a history of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police. I am now writing up the genealogical background of all OFFICERS of the Royal Irish Constabulary, one of which was SAMUEL CROKER who was a Chief Constable in the Irish Constabulary from 1823 to 1840, when he was appointed a Resident Magistrate. According to the Robert Tressell Centre - Tressell Timeline I have just learned that SAMUEL CROKER was the father of ROBERT TRESSELL.I look forward to hearing from you as I am glad to learn more of Robert Tressell
I can give you some brief details of SAMUEL CROKER'S brief service in the Irish Constabulary.
8, AISLING CLOSE,
I would love to see "one of the Damned" republished as it must be very interesting. Can you also please send me a little bit more information about Robert Tressell's origins was he from Donegal in Ireland?
Lovely website - how much is a copy of the "Ragged trousered philanthropists" is there a Robert Tressell centre in Hastings? lovely music too!
am reading the ragged trousered philanthropist for the 3rd time and it reminds me still of way things were even in the 1950's in many towns in the country, and to acertain extent even today
I was influence by Robert Tressell after reading his book at age 17 and have read it many time since. I would support any works on this great novel and would be interested in a copy of "One of the Damned " should it come back into print
This is a favorite book of myself & was for my father & grandfather
very interesting will certaintly visit again. would like to be informed if one of the dammed is to be published.
Hope the book's as good as ricky tomlinson keeps saying.
I have often wondered where the Liverpool connection entered Robert Tressel's life.After seeing the excellent website, I now know the sad circumstances and the event which ended his life.I knew about the discovery of his unmarked grave in Walton Parish Church and the removal by local Trade Unionists to Walton Cemetery, which I have visited.It is a long time since I have read the RTP,my interest has been aroused after reading about this remarkable man's life.
I have found Tressell's book to be one of he most absorbing I have ever read (I am currently two-thirds of the way through). In the process, I have tried to track down the publishers of the dramatised version as our theatre group – I am an active member of the Stables Theatre Group in the Old Town – are always open to suggestions for new productions. The timing would be approrpriate, given it is almost a century since Tressell started work on the book. I have contacted Samuel French but the stage version is not in their library and, they tell me, may be out of print. Any assistance you could give would be much appreciated. I am a freelance writer and, while my work does not yet extend to plays, I would be delighted at having a crack at re-adapting the book for the stage, in which case, I would need advice on copyright, etc. Thanks in anticipation for your assistance – and all good wishes for your work at the centre. I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards Rodney Miskin FCB MIPR
WE LIVE FACING WALTON CEM,WE KEEP LOOKING FOR THE MEMORIAL STONE LAID IN 1977,ANY INFO?
Just found Ragged T Phils after a long seach lasting years I'm over joyed. Thanks to Gutenberg Project
long live the workers down with the idlers death to the system
every school should have a copy of ragged trousered Philantropists
A good read but where are the later newsletters everything seems to stop in 2000
I have read that Noonan was writing a book about his experiences in South Africa before he arrived in Hastings. A former South African workmate said he recognised some characters and incidents in 'Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' from Johannesburg. Did any of Noonan's writings from South Africa survive?
I'm a spanish girl that got a boyfriend who loves Ragged trousered philanthropists book, and I would love to get it in Spanish, is the book translated in to this lenguage?
I agree wholeheartedly with Tony Benn's statement that the Philanthropists is a book to be passed "from generation to generation". To this end I purchase a new copy of the book each year and, having re-read it, pass it on to a new friend. I would exhort believers of Tressell's ideals to do the same.
Is it possible to get hold of Jack Mitchell's book?
i'm sure you must be aware of the cemetery in walton(liverpool)where a memorial was erected by liverpool trades council in memory of robert tressell i think it was erected eary seventies
My wife (Yvonne) joined yourSoc. last year and we enjoyed the Annual Meeting at White Rock. We have not heard from you regarding Subs or this year's gathering. MDM
Interested in Tressel's biography. Lets put pressure on for it to be republished!
I would like to buy a copy of the ragged trousered philanthropist - can anyone tell me I can get a copy. Thanks
If we can get Fred's own biography, A Breath of Fresh Air, published as a companion, they would make a lovely gift set.
This great novel has inspired me to incorporate it into my current research on radicalising social work.
I read the RTP some years ago, but it still remains in my top 5 books.
I'd be interested in buying a copy of the Ball book.
The writer of the book that changed my life
love the work you have put in to create this wonderful site i visit it often,there is a placqe over the house he was born in here in dublin,would you like me to e mail a photo of it to you.
Is there any criticism on RTP, because i can't find any anywhere. Thank you
My late father in law Reg Mews formerly of Croydon London loved this book and loaned me a copy about 30 years ago. I enjoyed it so much, and I was able to get a copy via William Collins Books Panther Books 1985 edition. I am so excited to find this page on the web. I have looked in vain hoping to be able to get a video of the film. Saddened to read the BBC destroyed the copy.
Yes I would buy some copies of "One of the Damned". I am going back to read it again now that I am about to retire in near future.
All power to your arm as you keep alive the memory Robert Tressell.
DO YOU NOT THINK TAYLOR'S 'PRINCIPLES OF SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT' IS A MUCH BETTER READ? BETTER WRITTEN, MORE USEFUL AS A TEXT FOR UNDERSTANDING THE WORKING CLASS, ALSO MUCH MORE INFLUENTIAL! NOT AGREE?
Was the problem not that all the workers were just lazy in those days. Cos when me Julie got the painters in me aint seein no action eitver.
i never grow tired of reading this book long may it last
I have one spare copy of Fred Ball's 'One of the Damned'. £7, including postage: first-come, first-served. No dealers need apply. There is, of course, a problem with Fred's unique material (see below, a few months back), but his book is well-written and a good story!
at this time the need is greater than ever. traitors of the working class are all about us.
Re: your message re: BBC film. I was told about this sometime ago after reading the book for about the tenth time. I know no film could ever live up to the book, but I would like to see it myself. So if anybody does respond to your appeal and you are able to get a copy, please drop me a line.
Regards to you.
Excellent keep the memory alive and burning well
Hello, I am very pleased to know Else Tonke, a wonderful women of Berlin who has translated into German the novel of Robert Tressell. I shall attend her presentation of the novel on Friday, 5th of April 2002 at the House of Democracy in Berlin, Greifswalder Str. 5. Apparently, Robert Tressell's famous novel has never been translated into German. Greetings from Berlin Gerda Ott
I am interested in purchasing a film or video of the book 'The Ragged Trousered Philantropist.'
Can anybody help me ? (16 March, 2002)
first read the book as an apprentice over thirty years ago. somehow it made a lasting impression. when asked recently to add my favourite book to a list for a homework project, what else could i choose?
I would be interested in a copy of 'One of the damned'
re-publish "One Of The Damned"...please!
Where can a copy of the book Ragged Trousered Philanthorpists be obtained in England.
Simply the best book i have ever read. Heartbraking and amusing. Sad that the author never saw the work published and that he and men and women and children like him had to live in such conditions in a supposedly civilised country.
I have been leant, after being recommended 2 read, a copy of TRTP. It is totally awesome and reflects the capitalist system superbly. The toil, graft, survival, brain-washedness and ultimately rat-race culture is captured in a personal and political way. One of the only books I have ever read to rival Charles Dicken's works and is even better in its accessibility and no thrills telling of a fabled culture which still exists today.
The all time favourite book of my 81 year old mother, a Socialist to her very core, is TRTP. I would love her to be able to read "One of the Damned". She has a paperback copy of TRTP. Has there ever been an illustrated version (ancient or modern) I could look out for to buy for her 82nd birthday?
A friend of mine in England wants to know where he can obtain a copy of Ragged Trousered. Thank you
I am a student ar Essex University doing a PhD to include Robert Tressell. Therefore, I would be very interested in any re-print of Fred Ball's 'One of the Damned'as I am finding it very difficult to find a copy to read! Many thanks for a wonderful site.
The easiest way to get hold of a copy of RTP in English(or Fred Ball's books) is to try a serious secondhand bookshop. For those prepared to pay more, there's also BookFinder.com
best book ever
i am re-reading this book for the third time. it is as true to life today as a century ago. still remarkable.
are there book reviews available please.
Robert is buried not 5 minutes away from where I Live, he is one of my literary heroes.
this is an excellent website, and am so pleased that you are supporting one of, if no th greatest work of literature. Does anyone think they could tell me how to subscribe to the newsletter? thanks, emma.
Where can I buy a copy of the paperback "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" - My father-in-law in Perth, Australia had a copy which he has lost and would love another one - Thanks
Your site was very helpful to me in finding out more about Robert Tressell/Noonan. Many thanks.
I have just bought a copy of TRTP(from W.H.Smiths). Its the day before Christmas Eve. What inspiration for the coming new year 2002!
I have been looking for a copy of this book for ages! Please put me on the list for a copy when it is re-published.
Very keen to direct the stage version of rtp. Can anyone help me lay my hands on a script, either the 7:84 version or the script by Stephen Lowe?
I have read the book and would like to know more about the man
thank you brother for contributing so much to the understanding of politics and the world to a young miner.
When, in 1967, my school chum recommended this book he said that it's impossible to read this book and not become a socialist. I already had socialist genes, but I could see that he was right about the book. Now I'd like the entire New Labour cabinet to read it. Some, including the Prime Minister, would probably find it a waste of time, and wouldn't even begin to understand its importance. Others probably read it once. A re-read might remind them of what their mission was, before they all sold out.
A marvellous site. I have learned a lot from it. Kind regards.
i noticed that copies of the book are available on alibris.com and on the gutenberg site.
Still the finest book I have read, even after all the disappointments of the last fifty years. I go back to it time and time again for sustenance.
Regarding the making of film The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists featured in AEEU journal some time ago could you please tell me how it's progressing. Many thanks. Brian Fagan.
I have only recently decided to look into the story of Robert Tressell and was very impressed by your site.
Thanks to all those who responded to my draft Appendix to 'Tressall: A history of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists"'. Here's the draft Introduction. Please tell me exactly what you think.
Not many single novels deserve to have books written about them. But then, not many have been published in ninety editions or have sold well over half a million copies worldwide. Fewer still have been issued in three different versions in Britain, published in English in the USA (twice), Canada (twice) and Australia, and in German (four times), Russian (three times), Dutch, Czech, Bulgarian and Japanese – and perhaps French, Polish, Rumanian and Swahili as well. Even fewer have been adapted for the stage dozens of times and taken on tour, and had at least four of those playscripts published in at least seven editions in Britain alone. Fewer still have featured in TV and radio documentaries and, after almost ninety years in print, and are capable of inspiring people to try to raise the enormous amount of money needed to make them into a film. Above all, almost none get passed from hand to hand by millions of workers and get taken to their hearts. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is clear, straightforward and eminently readable and, in spite of its length, has become extremely successful in its own right, without commentary. But in many ways it is a very odd book. After all, it’s not customary for a novel to offer explanations of key points of Marxist theory. True, the book has humour, parody, pathos, irony, sardony, rage, little victories, defeats, arguments and ideas. It is also brim full of hatred for the capitalist system and contempt for the ruling class and its hangers on. But isn’t capitalism irreversibly triumphant as we set off into the 21st century? And in any case, isn’t the book very hard on some working-class attitudes and ideas, and especially on that isolated socialist militant, Frank Owen? Then why is no work more often found on British socialists’ and trade unionists’ bookshelves? Are they all masochists? Politically, the book remains ambivalent. It has been claimed by a wide range of traditions from the Labour Right to the Revolutionary Left, and that in itself needs explaining. Even its manuscript has had an interesting existence, though that tale is best read in Fred Ball’s fascinating detective story, One of the Damned. True, the book has been read by some jaded individuals as a classic explanation of why socialism is impossible, because, apparently, the working-class is - always has been - too selfish, short-sighted or downright stupid to act in its own interests. There are others who feel its day is over, except as an historical document. The ideas in the book, we are told, were put into practice by serious socialist organisations – usually the Communist Party, but sometimes the Labour Left - and, sadly, they didn’t catch on. The explanations vary. Usually, this sort of world-weary despair comes from former member of the Communist Party, but sometimes, also, from the increasingly homeless Labour Left, and even from what remains of the more unsuccesful ‘orthodox Trotskyist’ sects. After all, the story goes, if we failed – and fail we did, strategically - nobody else could posssibly do any better because, you know, we were the best. But hang on. Isn’t this what Lenin called ‘miserabilism’ or even ‘communist arrogance’? On the other hand there are those who appear to believe that the book has near-magical powers. One Saturday not many months ago a man came up to a socialist paper-seller in North London and asked her if she had read The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. When she said she hadn’t, he suggested it would do more good than selling Socialist Worker. It’s a thought, of course; and it speaks volumes about those socialists who think that ideas alone can change the world. But is it true? Only in part. Socialist ideas need to be available and accessible, but on their own they can do little. So even if some process of mass re-education could be undertaken (but by whom, and with what resources?), that runs the risk of authoritarianism (which values, which ethics, which interpretation of socialist thought?). Besides, how different is that project from the utopianism, elitism, abstentionism and lack of trust in peoples’ willingness to change which frequently affects Owen and Barrington in The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists? One of the axioms of this book, then, is while socialist ideas must be available, only when people’s experience changes will those ideas fit – will they help explain oppression and its fundamental causes. And this raises the general question as to which is the best way for socialists to struggle against oppression? Is it reform from above, with all its danger of authoritarianism, and even dictatorship, or revolution from below? The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is full of socialist ideas. But there are, and there have been, many different ways of being a socialist. So we will need tio understand where the ideas in the book came from, what happened to them during the author’s life-time, and how they were developed after his death. This will mean examining the different socialist traditions and organisations at work in Britain, where their members got their ideas from and to what extent they achieved their aims. No specialist knowledge will be assumed. Socialist history is not commonly studied at school. But in order to understand the wide and continued popularity of this book we will also have to know something about the political competition over the ‘soul’ of Socialism in the past century or so, between rival organisations. Above all we will need to be clear about the key issues of whether socialism can be achieved through trade unionism or political parties, and by reform or by revolution. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was about Socialism, so it is not surprising that it has an interesting political history which raises lots of questions. Why, for example, was the manuscript was twice edited – no, politically butchered – by a Fabian Socialist journalist, and why did her editions strike a chord with working-class readers for over forty years? Why did the TUC sponsor an edition of the book in 1927? Why was the book important enough for Lawrence & Wishart, the Communist Party publisher, to produce a complete edition so late as 1955, and for Panther to issue it in paperback in 1965? Why is a novel getting on for a century old still selling hugely into the 21st century? Isn’t Socialism dead? Didn’t Marx lead to Lenin, Lenin lead to Stalin, and Stalin lead to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall? If so, why was there a Russian edition not many years after the 1917 October Revolution, and a German edition soon after the revolution there went down to defeat? And why has The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists survived the death of British Communism? Is it more to do with Old Labour? Then why has the book survived the capture of the Labour Party machine by people who believe so wholeheartedly in capitalism? Shouldn’t the book be consigned to working-class history – perhaps, even, to the lure of the English Tourist Board and the Hastings Heritage Industry? What appeal can a tale of isolated socialists, fighting to put across their ideas of a Co-operative Commonwealth, possibly have today? In one sense, the answer is simple. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is about hope in a naughty world. It is about socialist values and their continued relevance in a world where we’re told on almost every side that capitalism is here forever, that greed is good, and that war, famine, poverty, racism and oppression are natural, normal and permanent fatures of life on Planet Earth. Yet the book itself disagrees with all of that, and more. It is a passionate and compassionate denunciation of the ‘System’, and it leaves the future open for those of us who want to change it. So this political history of the book won’t indulge in sophisticated, left-reformist despair, post-Communist cynicism, ultra-left nihilism, sectarianism or idealism. It won’t be another example of uncritical ancestor-worship, or another repositary of the idea that all we’ve got to look forward to is the past. Surely the point is to learn about the past, in order to avoid having to reinvent the wheel, but also to learn from others’ mistakes. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is, after all, almost a century old, and there have been plenty of mistakes to learn from. So this book will not attempt to be above the struggle. Instead, it will be a hopeful, politically sympathetic critique of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and its political history, as seen from the revolutionary left. It is dedicated to the memory of Robert Tressell, and to every Socialist, Marxist, trade unionist, anti-capitalist and fighter against oppression across the planet. We still have a globe to win.
the most important and influential book that i have ever read ,pure brilliance
'Tressall: A history of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists"', DRAFT Appendix 2
Memory and forgettary
The evidence of Kathleen Noonan Lynne, Robert’s daughter, is remarkable. However, most of the documents she once had concerning her father and her own early life went missing in a trunk on Winnipeg Station in 1915, and very little now remains. Apart from the manuscript of her father’s book, all of it is to be found in the Robert Tressell Family Papers, owned and cared for by her son-in-law, Reg Johnson. Kathleen’s memories were systematically interrogated only from 1967, when she was in her mid-seventies, and the earliest sound-recorded interviews seem to date from 1968. So she was being asked to go back, in some cases, over seventy years. Considering the difficulty of reliable memory over such a long period the consistency of her responses is extremely impressive, but, as she herself frequently acknowledged, a distinction has to be made between what she was sure about, what she was fairly sure about, and what she believed (or surmised) was the case. So, where she had any doubt, or on the few occasions when her evidence conflicts with apparently reliable documentary evidence from other people, readers need to bear in mind that what historians call ‘forgettary’ may have taken place. However, this perfectly normal methodological difficulty has been compounded by the mystery surrounding the archive of her father’s biographer, Fred Ball. Fred Ball deserves honour for tracking down the manuscript of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, and also for getting it published. He also merits praise for producing two biographies of his hero. Ball wrote the first biography, Tressell of Mugsborough, in the years c.1942-1951. His sources for the period up to 1911 were mainly oral. He relied on the memories of his subject’s elderly niece, plus those of a few old workmates, friends and comrades. It is not clear what form the interviews took, but it must be assumed that Ball took notes. The documentary evidence he cited in this first biography was thin, though he seems to have had access to some primary sources. However, from 1967 Ball had privileged access to Kathleen Noonan Lynne, and he sent questionnaires, wrote dozens of letters and made at least three sound-recordings of their interviews. No doubt he also took notes as well. By 1973 the material for the second biography, One of the Damned, amounted to over seventy boxes. Sadly, the overwhelming bulk of this material appears to have gone missing. Fred Ball’s widow, who made a significant contribution to the research on her own account, assures me that all of his material went to Hastings. However, Hastings Museum and Hastings Borough Council insist that all they hold, and all that the Council ever bought, is to be found in the two boxes currently held at the Museum, in what is misleadingly called The Fred Ball Collection. They have no idea, I’m told, where the remaining material might be. Hopefully, one day, this mystery will be solved, but for the present the consequences are extremely unfortunate. I have done my best to corroborate as much of Ball’s material as I can by referring to other sources. But readers need to be aware that all the interesting material which is solely attributable to Ball’s missing sources remains to be corroborated.
My dad recommended this book to me about a month ago and I am still reading it. I have started to read it slowly because I know I will miss the characters. I think it is a brilliant book and I really enjoyed this website.
It's very beautiful! I'm sorry, I can only speak a little english.
I am interested in the the book by Fred Ball on Robert Tressell
I can't understand why whoever runs the RTC can't reply to comradely letters, emails and messages on the web site you share with (as I understand it) Hastings Borough Council. How do you help serious researchers? What is socialist about an organisation which behaves in this way? Who (if anyone) are you accountable to?
Where can I purchase a copy of the book - "The Raggered Trowsered Philantropist"?
I am desperate to know if I can visit the Tressell centre this weekend (26-28 October 2001). Can someone please let me know?! Phone 07765 634 853
Where can I get a copy of the Ball book. I am a mature student and wish to write a piece n Tressell, especially interested in how it came to be published. please contact if you can help.
Is there anybody there?
Came across your site purely by chance. Most encouraging. Keep up the good work. Don't allow our history to be lost. Without it we will all be lost. Fraternal Regards, Jeff Osborn
Tressell's novel has been turned in to a political party and see the most definitive constitution at //www.christiandemocraticpeoplesparty.org.uk I would like you to join.
Interesting and informative site. I am reading 'One of the damned' - Fred Ball - a borrowed copy - would like to see it back in print
I came on the site looking for information and perhaps writers notes for Tressell's book the ragged trosered philanthropist.I am in need of some help for my A level coursework but unfortunately your site did not have the information i required.
A CLASSIC BOOK THAT CAN BE READ TIME AND TIME AGAIN,EVERY HOUSHOLD SHOULD OWN ONE AND IM QUITE SURE MOST PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO THE CHARACTERS AND SEE THEMSELVES IF NOT OTHERS IN THEM. WHY THIS BOOK IS NOT PART OF THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM I,LL NEVER KNOW. LIKE YOURSELVES I HAD NO SUCCESS IN OBTAINING A COPY OF THE SERIES ON BBC. GOOD TO SEE SOMEONE HAS DEDICATED A WEB PAGE TO TRESSELL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Keep up the good work Republish "One of the Damned" I've been one all of my life
The best story I have ever read!
An inspiration when I was 15 and still an inspiration today at 55 years of age.
Don't let the bastards grind us down!
Enjoyed your site, it brought back memories. If ever "One of the Damned" is republished please contact.
A really good read (TRTP)
Robert Tressell's book changed my life. A torch to be passed from generation to generation (to quote Tony Ben)
I would be very much interested in Fred Ball's book being re-published.
My father, who was also an Irish painter/decorator introduced me to this work when I was only 12 or 13 years old. My father, who doed 2 years ago was a lifelong socialist.
I have just finished reading the RTP for the first time. It is a book with no equal and whether a decorator or an office worker the same structures rule us all today. It is as pertinent today as ever. The book should be translated into every language of this good earth and distributed by the Socialist Van to all those to whom it cries out to.
I have read R. Tressells book several times over the last 15 years and return to it whenever I feel that I am taking life for granted. His work should be mandatory reading in schools.
Reading Noonan's RTP 20 or so years ago years ago changed my life. A largely unacknowledged masterpiece of political thought.
An excellent website, a fine tribute to the greatest novelist of the twentieth century.
The book has changed many a life- an early twentieth century novel with a vision for the twenty first century.
Hitherto philosophers have attempted to interpret the world in various ways. The point is to change it.
I would love to know what RT would think of changing room's and all the make over TV show's ?
just to say thank you for your time in making this site I have enjoyed reading it as I have read the book and I am a Decorator
im contemplating doing my masters dissertation on tressell linking him in with modernist contemporaries and examining the politics of the book alongside other political tracts. actual texts concerning tressell seem hard to find but the internet is providing a few resources
Wonderful webbsite about a fine author. Did Liverpool City Council ever honour Tressell's pauper's grave in their city?????
I must visit your centre on my next trip to St Leonards
No need to wait to read the book. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist is online at Project Gutenburg: //www.promo.net/pg/ However, I could find no reference to this on your RT site, please put this link somewhere prominent.
The UK Mirror Service also has a copy: ftp://ftp.mirror.ac.uk/sites/metalab.unc.edu/pub/docs/books/gutenberg/&alpha=4169">//promo.net/cgi-promo/pg/cat.cgi?&label=ID&ftpsite=ftp://ftp.mirror.ac.uk/sites/metalab.unc.edu/pub/docs/books/gutenberg/&alpha=4169
great website, can't wait to read the book.
I knew Fred Ball very well when he was alive. He was a relative by my marriage to his niece, Dorothy (Dolly) Collins. Such a gentleman and a scholar, his death was a great loss
A wonderful site. Congratulations. Send copies to the "Labour Party cabinet". They need it as they strike me as the most conservative leaders the labour party has ever had to suffer with. I'm surprized that a new socialist party has not been formed in Britain. You seem to be in the same sorry state that we find ourselves in in Canada. Best of luck in your future endeavours. Al Spavins. Mississaug, Ontario. PS. Did you know that there is a Hastings in Ontario? www.hastingschamber.on.ca
I am sure this message must be similar to many others you receive.
I have recently re-read The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and have had my belief in the sheer justice of socialism completely reinvigorated after many years in the materialist doldrums.
I wanted to register my approval of what you are doing.
Interesting. My Great-grandfather, Thomas PRICE was a painter & decorater in Bexhill and area 1892 - 1905, so they may have met! I shall seek out the book to read.
It was a member of the communist party who introduced me to the ragged trousered philanthropist over 30 years ago. It's difficult to say what affect the book has had on my life, except to say that i have tried to live my life within the values set out in the book. It is quite simply by bible. Please keep me informed of any events takig place through my e-mail adress.
I wentlooking for the book,after a lifetime of seeing it referred to but never having read it myself. Curiously,I had great difficulty in finding it. It should be a curiosity thatit does not appear in the Harvard Libraries, which otherwise, I had always believed, were quite good, and extremely large and comprehensive. I will keep on looking. wh
Don't tell tone or that new labour political thingy majib or they will only shut you down. Coz the poor dears don't realy understand
My father suggested I should read RTP. Moving beyond belief, as I get older the things he said to me as a young man now seem true! He has been a socialist all his life having read RTP as a young man. He and Robert Tressell are correct in their understanding of society.
I was given the book by a true friend and whilst not appreciating it fully at the time its relevance has grown with me
i'm hoping you can help me. i'm teaching a college class in the u.s.a and can't find who publishes tressell's "philantropists" novel? do you know where i can get a copy?
in the process of reading this for the first time and promises to be a wonderful read
as you can I have a new email address, I have got hold of a copy of One of the Damned, it's ISBN number is 85315494 5 you might try the library system of borrowing books from other authorities. Anyway don't forget me on future mailing lists, I will try to come a future event and bring my 13 year son,I am trying to teach the ways, that I learned through reading RTP. Good Luck
I feel it appropriate to voice my adoration and love for The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists on the eve of another farcical general election. How can we, as a society, have travelled so far and yet achieved so little in the considerable years since the novels first appearance. I can only assume that Robert Noonan would have continued his personal attempt at educating the ignorant on the evils of capitalism at such a time. Socialism? Dead? The book shows it is as alive and relevant an ideology now as it was then - a truly marvellous piece of art and thought, and a magnificent tonic for those who forever struggle to convert those who refuse to understand.
I have just re-read RTP, also I have a copy of the Adventures of a manuscript by Frank Swinnerton, not a hard copy but photocopies of the article. Keep up the good work, I would like to included on any mailing lists that you may have. Thanks
one of the best books ever written
The best book, I have ever read, and the book that made a socialist
If it ever is re-published, please let me know!
I was very pleased to find this site. I had the not uncommon experience of reading the RTP at and impressionable age, and never quite being able to rid myself of the spell. I started teaching in the 70s, and when the converstaion turned to politics, I would often use the analogies and examples in the book, to illustrate the realities of the system. They were accessible and thought provoking. I noticed a real change in the kids' responses as the Thatcher years wore on. The 'there is no such thing as society' mentality bit deep, I think. I remember seeing the TV play. I can't believe that they wiped it. It was terrific, very sad and very funny. I can remember the enormous rooms that the men were painting, and how they scamped and bodged the work, as otherwise the middleman wouldn't make enough profit. I would dearly love to see it again. Let's hope that someone, somewhere has it. Let me know. Looking forward to visiting your centre.
Never heard of him but my commie friend suggested I check the site as I am going to be in Rye soon from Ottawa Canada
Directed to your site in my search for an old school friend, Robert Demeger, who read at one of your festivals. I shall be grateful if you could give me a contact address, e-mail or agents contact, Regards Tim Oakley
He told the truth.
An injury to one is an injury to all
As a great fan of Tressell, I was wondering if his work has been translated into French and if any project exists so to do.
I live just a few hundred yards from Tressell's grave opposite Walton Prison in Liverpool. I make a point of re-reading his wonderful novel every year about Christmas time and of placing some flowers on his grave. When I was a student at Liverpool University I made a great fuss because the Painters Bible (as we always referred to The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists)was not on the curriculum in the English Department. The year after I left it was introduced. A small victory but if you are a student of English or Irish then you too should create a fuss if Tressell is not on the reading lists. Incidentally there are nearly always fresh flowers on the great man's grave, it is a paupers' grave and several other 'unknowns' are in there with him. On the slab is written a section from Barrington's poem; "Such are the days that shall be! but What are the deeds of today..." etc There is also a likeness of his face on the slab and it is a moving experience to stand amidst the small wilderness that surrounds his tomb with the prison looming coldly in the background.
I would be interested in a paperback version of Fred Ball's "One of the Damned or any other book about Tressell. Please noyify.
I read his book probably 35 years ago, and its description of working class life and struggle was memorable. I'll never forget the basic story line.
I was given a copy of R,T,P, as a 50th birthday present by my comrades, it's a book we in the SPGB affirm. If you're interested in the abolition of the wages/profit system go to www.worldsocialism.org
I have read the book "one of the damned" which I borrowed from a local library here in Australia, but I would be very keen to own a copy if one was to become available.
I repeat the thoughts of many site visitors when I say the book changed my life too. It speaks truths that are hidden and should be on the national curriculum. We must spread the word!
I have just bought a copy of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" My father tells me it is the book which changed his life. He would love to read it again but is now registered as blind. Is there an audio book anywhere for sale Many thanks Ann Harwood
thank you excell ant site
I was born in Mugsborough and my lover Judy lowton and my daughter helena Tyler both were admires of Tressell and his work. The struggle continues.
Keep the Red Flag Flying!
"Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" I have never read a more finer book than this on the building industry it was my first book on the conditions of the building industry loaned to me when I was an apprentice bricklayer. It is as significant today as it was then.A great book. Best wishes to all the staff. Bill Ferrett when subject
I am writing an adaptation of Ragged Trousered... for a community/unemployed drama group in Brighton. I will keep you posted.
Your badges etc section is confusuing. Can I purchase a badge/t-shirt etc. How much, what size, what price etc
the"rtp" changed my life and ever other who has taken the relatively short period of time to read
it.In comparison to the new and clearer outlook that it will give you on how dispicable the current
capitalist system and like wise the upholders vive les tresselites.
That was interesting, the information about the Britons taking charge of the governing and
financials for which they were before victims thereof! I like to see these articles wher the Britts
take charge of matters for themselves when they can.
Iam a socialist and Trade Union activist. Tressells book inspired me over 30 years ago to stand by my beliefs and never give up
A wonderful web site in honour of a man who gave the world a wonderful book. Tressel's insight into human nature was amazing, his words still echo with truth even in the 21st century!
I am searching for a copy of Fred Balls book, I read a library copy some years ago. I would appreciate a copy if it returns to print.
A brilliant book. Keep the Red Flag flying
One of the most influential book's ever. Any one with a consicence, should read it. Thank you...
Will the struggle ever end?
TRT was recommended to me out of the blue, and lo and behold, on my first visit to find the book in the library, there it was, and I was the first person to take that edition out! It has been my constant bedside companion for nearly a month now (I only read it in bed!) and I am fascinated by it. OK, I skip the boring bits now and again, but my favourite character is Owen, who I am convinced is going to kill himself over and over again, but I am only half way through the book so I will have to wait. I feel so sorry for Frankie, and the life he has set out for him! And the thought of my children being as unfortunate as him, brings tears to my eyes. I may do a college project on RT now, as I have put him in the same league as my other favourite author, George Orwell (who suffered the same type of experiences), and who died at a similar age to RT too. What a waste!
just read Philanthropist for second time in 25 years and it still stands good in this day and age, opens ones eyes, a book we all should read
Keep up the good work! The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists are still with us.
Keep up the good work. Tressell's work is inspirational and deserves the widest possible audience.
When i first read Robert Tressells ragged trousered philanthropists i was eighteen, it was 1980 and thatcher was not long in power. I was already a staunch socialist but with the tories in power it all seemed pointless, but a friend recommended the book and it filled me with hope and to this day it is my bible. It is now the year 2000 and new labour are in power and it's time to read the bible again.
I would be interested to read one of the damned Why Leaving of Liverpool as your theme tune?!
Tressell is Dickens with a plan!
Also, I suggest readers compare the unabridged version of TRTP with some of the abridged editions. The editorial butchery is an abject lesson in the way any serious working class voice gets stifled in the cogs of a capitalist press. We should all be grateful for the efforts of Fred Ball in recovering the full text.
Tressell would be horrified at the betrayal of Socialist policies by our local MP and the rest of New Labour
A very special site - special, because 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' is, itself, a very special book!
I was fortunate enough to aquire an unabridged version (at a car boot sale for only 20p) - which I could not put down when I commenced reading it.
Although a child of the 1950's, I saw for myself the last vestiges of the slums, the sunless courtyards, the communal toilets and caught the echo of children coughing themselves to death in damp basement rooms!.
As I read the book, my heart seemed to empathise with all that Tressell wrote - I had felt these things from an early age and recognised, in the pages of this remarkable work, an expression of my own longings and desires.
In an age of 'Champagne Socialists', with 'spin doctors' and Media Consultants' a. seemingly, indispensible part of the Socialist machime, it behoves us all to re-read the simple words of Tressell and recapture the essence of our beliefs.
re-organised my paperback library and re-read Alan Sillitoe's introduction to the 1965 Panther Books reprint.The cover has aphoto taken from theBBC2 Theatre 625 production. Sillitoe's words still true today-more people became socialists from reading this book than any other.
I've just started to read "The Ragged Trousered..." and can't believe how simular the book is to my own experience of working for a builders.
Your organisation introduced me to 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'. Thank you very much. It is a wonderful book, and I would urge publishers to consider reprinting the Ball biography.
A brilliant book- everyone shouldread it!
Nice to see the web site. Heard about you from a leaflet picked up at the Wedgwood Memorial College at Barlaston, Staffs (I was there for a Workers' Esperanto Movement congress).
I am an independent publisher and a socialist. I may be interested in re-publishing "One of the Damned". What is the position on the copyright of The Ragges Trousered Philanthropists? I don't like the idea that the Murdoch-owned Harper Collins are currently the only ones with an edition out, and at £9.99 too. Can you help with any information? Thanks. Jim Driver
fantstic book has changed my life
I remember the BBC film in the 60's and would be interested to know if anyone has a copy. Also the book by Fred Ball - I would be interested when this is re-published.
Perhaps this web thing can be put to worthwhile use after all!
A very informative site - I never realised he was Irish! It was actually the BBC adaptation in 1967 which made me go out and buy the book. I didn't realise they'd wiped the tapes. Do you know that they've kept a copy of every `Trooping of the Colour` that's been televised? As if they're ever any different.
1. would like to express interest in "one of the damned"
2. Could you advise whether "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" has been translated into German ?? If yes please remit title & under which name the author ? (Tressell or noonan ?)
Really interesting pages - well done! I too am keen to get hold of a copy of 'One of the Damned'; all secondhand searches have so far proved fruitless !
I have been searching for a copy of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists for years - any idea how I might come by one ?
pleased to find this site
all the best
j a shelton
As a (working class) native of Sussex and a lifelong trade union member, I have (amongst other things) "served" as a Eurocrat for 25 years here in Brussels. I am being asked now, as I approach my retirement, for my reflections on my working life. I naturally refered to the "R.T.Ph".which has always remained a significant influence...it is, as far as I can see, not widely available outside England. Discovering your (excellent) website for the first time today.....I shall do my best to rectify this.....All the best..and Good Luck......Vince Fuller`
Could you please let me know how I can get one of the badges.
Has anyone seen the video/tv series "A Very British Coup"? and noticed the similarities to RTP?
Would like to One of the Damned republished. Car/window/bumper sticker could be an idea too. Would be interested if you do get any mugs done.
a truly worthwhile site
Thank you for your excellent page - I found it at just the right moment in my studies.
I read Fred Ball's 'One of the Damned' many years ago (library copy)and would be interested in acquiring a copy.
I attended the ceremony in 1977 in Walton Park Cemetery, Liverpool when the memorial stone was unveiled. A friend, Tom Bradburn, wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion.
I am particularly interested in how RTP should be interpreted today. It seems to accept industial society as inevitable and the workers only hope is to claim their share of the pie. Now that the pie is being poisoned and we know about the ecological limits to growth, should we read RTP differently ? How should we compare it to say Henry David Thoreau's arguments in 'Walden' that the individual can rise above the 'incessant business'of society by adopting a simple mode of living ?
I read Fred Ball's 'One of the Damned' many years ago (libray copy)and would be interested in acquiring a copy.
I attended the ceremony in 1977 in Walton Park Cemetery, Liverpool when the memorial stone was unveiled. A friend, Tom Bradburn, wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion.
I am particularly interested in how RTP should be interpreted today. It seems to accept industial society as inevitable and the workers only hope is to claim their share of the pie. Now that the pie is being poisoned and we know about the ecological limits to growth, should we read RTP differently ? How should we compare it to say Henry David Thoreau's arguments in 'Walden' that the individual can rise above the 'incessant business'of society by adopting a simple mode of living ?
I read a library copy of 'One of the Damned'some years ago and would be interested in acquiring a copy.
I attended the ceremony in Walton Cemetery in 1977 when the memorial stone was unveiled. A friend of mine, Tom Bradburn, wrote a poem abot Tressell at the time.
I am particularly interested in any ideas on the following topics :
(a)RTP seems to accept that industrial society inevitable and workers must fight for their share of the wealth thus produced. As we now know, there are ecological limits to growth. How does this affect our reading of RTP ?
(b)Comparison with say the writing of Henry David Thoreau in 'Walden' where individual can rise above restrictions placed on him by society by embracing simple mode of living.
Interested in Fred's book.
Hasta La Victoria Siempre
Tresell's book continues to live on, and continues to amaze almost everyone who reads it. I have never read anything which has made such an impact on me - literally changing my life. Also Fred Ball's biography is superb - good luck with the reprint campaign.
A few years ago a poll of all MPs saw TRTP named as the Labour MPs favourite book, followed by Grapes of Wrath. And the Tories favourite? go on guess..............................................................................................................................................................................................................The Bible!!! Hello Nimrod, are you there!
Thank you for opening this site
I first heard about Robert Tressell from my Great Grandfather, and when I got the book from the library it changed me in a way no other book, not 1984 or even Animal Farm, has done or will ever do. Im really happy Tressell's memory is being preserved like this.
Richard Speight A Student from Sunderland
I recently read "The ragged trousered philanthropists", and it is the best book I have ever read. It has changed the way I look at life. The people written about in the book are so real, and I personally know people just like all of them! Bert, the apprentice, Crass, the two faced chargehand, Slyme, the phoney christian, they are all alive and well, and living in the 21st century! The author obviously worked with people like this, they are so real! What a brilliant, and true to life read!
Delighted to find this site. I had no idea Tressell was remembered by so many people. I remember seeing the hard copy of RTP, written in longhand in brown ink in Liverpool Reference Library in the mid seventies. Strange to see the original of a work that changed so many lives Wonder where it is now? Many thanks.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Tressel Festival and found the events both entertaining and informative.
Best wishes for future events.
I have almost finished reading "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" and am thoroughly enjoying it. I echo the sentiments of other visitors in saying that it is having a profound impact on my outlook toward life, society, and work. I would love to see a well-done film version, if ever it's made. Also, I would be interested to be informed if and when "One of the Damned" might become available. Thank you for providing this site.
many thanks for providing the site. I hope to visit the centre soon,
I grew up hearing my parents (especially my father ) talk about this book, which had an enormous influence on him. I read it myself as an adult and it had the same effect on me. Whenever I meet anyone who has read the book, I feel I have met a kindred spirit. My father and his workmates used to call people they worked with by names from the book, as appropriate! I hope to get down to the Tressell Centre one day.
where can I get a copy of the book??
Yes, I would be interested to read One of the Damned. I am doing a dissertation over the summer comparing Robert Tressell with a French working class writer Henry Poulaille! Any help much appreciated therefore.
i too have been trying to locate the bbc2,theatre625,production of this wonderful book. im now reading oh,for maybe the 20 th time, since the mid 60s i never stop learning from it. i will let you know if i find any info regards ken
It's good to find a site dedicated to an author that should be much more widely known
please excuse my terminology"had a fascination", it should have read, have always been fascinated. My song 'A Tribute to Roberet Tressell' will be available for download next week on our " Songs of Irish Labour" website. kind regards.. martin whelan
I have just sent an email, and it should have stated our 'Songs of Irish Labour' is on CD. I will be forwarding a copy of the CD to you and I hope you enjoy it. My email should also have said that my son and I would like to attend the May weekend. ..kind regards..martin whelan
I have recorded my song " A Tribute to Robert Tressel" on our 'Songs of Irish Labour'. I would be honoured (if you so desired) to include the song on your website. Our website is. www.dcu.ie/-commshsheehan/songs.htm I have had a fascination with Robert Tressel(Noonan), his work and his life, because he is a Dubliner, as am I , and I also worked in the building industry for over 30 years> I have read the book many times, and the tradition has been passed onto my son who now holds the same fascination with Robert Tressel as I do. My son would love to attend the May weekend,so I would be obliged if you could forward details and also where accomodation may be found. Kind regards..Martin Whelan
Not many things in life can change our perception of how we live. The RTP changed mine forever!
I'm an ex-building worker and now a journalist (25 years). Anything I can do to help with the republishing of Fred Ball's book? In the interin I want to write a piece that looks at the building trade in Hastings and attempts to make the obvious connections.
Keep up the good work,help to preserve and spread the good words of Robert Tressell,a message everyone should hear.
i travelled to hastings to as a pilgimage to the location of my favourite book. I wish I had visited this website first as it would have pointed me in the direction of various sites of interest. Excellent work.
When are we going to get information about the 2000 event?
Interesting, informative and useful site. The RTP is the most influential book I've ever read. Keep up the good work.
Count me in for a reprint!! I spent about two weeks shell shocked after reading 'TRTP' as i realised that so little has changed in almost a century, and how the same games were be played by my employer......The US Government!!!!
Inspiring book that lays down all the fundemental arguments for socialism. Have read and re-read. One of the reasons I visited the site was to find out if copies of the TV play were available.
When are the details about this years event going to be available?.
Holder of "One of the Damed" and a copy of the working mans "Bible". Yes! they both must be kept alive and the name of Robert Noonan.
Whilst browsing through a section in an Australian library I came across Robert Tressell, and now intend to read his novel.
These are my thoughts on fat cats, when a newspaper last summer wrote about profits being damages with new family legislation that was comming in - this is a poem called -
Profit Share -
My name is profit that's what I'm called I'm owned by a fat cat, locked in a vault What do I do all day you might like to know I sit and smile as my quantity grows I glow and increase at an amazing rate On the back of employees who are left to fate I sit here and grow as my master looks on I'm wanted for cover if a rainy day comes It's raining now but he's not getting wet He doesn't see he's not caught in the net What untold damage am I about to receive? With new legislation converning family needs I'm wanted! To enable family's time To be together like yours and mine The idyll of family idyllically growing Tastes a lot more nicer than gold bars a glowing.
An interesting site - well worth a visit! I look forward to visiting the centre some time in the future
A fine site .Keep this up .
I would like my add my support to the idea of Fred Ball's book being re-published. Perhaps you would be good enough to inform me if and when it is. Thanks
keep up the good work. the book is one of the best ever written and has a profound story which the present government shorld always remember
I have recently acquired and read your novel. It has been very enlightening giving me an insight in to working class life in the early 1900's. If a film or production was to be made i would love to have the chance to appear in it. I am currently studying politics and history and find this book stimulating.
I would be interested in Fred Ball's book 'One of the Dammed' if & when it becomes available.
17 year old student ambassador, need sponsor. I appreciate your support. More information e-mail me.
I have just remembered that we share the same birthday just a few years later
Long time fan look forward to more info and events.
Just ordered the hardback from Amazon bookshop, having read someones copy around 1995.
Currently at work "lunch time", will log on at home for more browsing.
Good to find this site. If he were alive today, Tressell might well see a continuum in present-day Hastings, at least as far as the destitute and poor. Mugsborough muddles on...
Excellent site. You've made my day. Thankyou.
Book Recommended By Ricky Tomlinson.
I am studing a part time Msc course at Birbeck College on Life Course Development I live at 114 Millward Road and can see Tressell's flat from my bedroom. I am also studying photography at Hasting College and am in the process of starting a project on illustrating Tressell's life in Hastings... I am interested in any info...also info on poss connection of Tressell's work and Welfare State
At last! Information on this great man. Well done to all concerned. I am keen on reprint of 'One of the Damned'
please send me details of events in 2000
Please re-print 'One of the damned'. Also, any news of a film yet?
i am reading T R T P at the moment as part of my teacher training course and i am finding it extreamly enjoyable . especially since up until i started this course the most i wouldread would be the Sun newspaper. it realy has opened my eyes.
I was so anxious to let you know of my deep feelings about Robert Tressell's book, that I did not read your request above concerning the re-publishing of "One of the Damned". Please count me in!
This is the first 'visitors book' entry I have made (after 3 years on the internet). I recently bought a secondhand copy of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' for £2 at a market in Midhurst (W.Sx.). This is the full version (using the discovered original manuscripts, in 1946), in correct chapter order, published by Lawrence & Wishart. I have only just got to the chapter entitled 'The Clock-case', but have found the book to be profound and must rank with 'Lark Rise to Candleford' by Fora Thompson as a remarkable record of an age now 100 years gone. I have been tearful over the harsh conditions and cruel indifference shown by even those near to the same poverty conditions themselves. Your website is superb, congratulations. I will be coming to Hastings later this year!
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