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East Marshian Chronicles Episode 5: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists with Scarlett and Sophie Rickard

Today we’ll be looking at Robert Tressell (or Noonan or Croker)’s book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, likely the first novel by a working class writer and who has been called the man who made a million socialists. Our guests are Scarlett and Sophie Rickard and they have a particular intimacy with the novel, as they have transformed it to suit our own times as a graphic novel.

Scarlett is an illustrator and graphic artist living in Kent. Sophie is a writer and child counsellor living in Cheshire. Despite living hundreds of miles apart they work closely on every stage of their projects — and have a lot of fun doing it.  Their astounding graphic novel version of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is available in all good bookshops and from their website at

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