by Scarlett and Sophie Rickard with limited edition bookplate.
“We hope to bring this influential working class classic to another generation of newly enlightened socialists with a sensitive and faithful adaptation. In this graphic format the story is an accessible, entertaining and rewarding read, whilst retaining the bitterness, anger and compassion of Tressell’s original” S Rickard
Familiar to millions, the scathing analysis of class relations and the impact of poverty on family life before the Great War includes themes of creeping privatisation, insecure employment and the demonisation of poverty that have direct relevance to our modern lives. The philanthropists of the title are the workers who willingly give their labour only to enrich their employers. Our hero Owen tries to enlighten his friends, who refuse to recognise their oppression.