The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
A sustained attack on selfish capitalism, and a Socialist critique of Edwardian England's social inequality, Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of working men who are joined one day by Frank Owen, a journeyman-prophet with a vision of a just society.
Indicting the 'philanthropy' of the working class, who toil solely for the benefit of their masters, and initiating them into the secrets of the 'Great Money Trick' which alienates them from their labour, Owen's spirited attacks on the greed and dishonesty of the capitalist system rouse his fellow men from their political quietism.
"[It] has always seemed to me a wonderful book" George Orwell
"The first great English novel about the class war ... witty, humourous, instinctive and full of excitement, harmony and pathos" Alan Sillitoe