The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and me

Cover from the Penguin edition of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: “architects don’t have much idea of the life of people who put up their buildings”.

One lunch hour in the summer of 1971 I wandered into Central Books in Holborn and picked up a copy of a book with a picture of a builder on the front cover written by Robert Tressell. It was called The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, priced 15 shillings.

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