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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists leads surge in popularity for leftwing books – Books – guardian.co.uk


Apparently, Robert Tressell’s (Robert Noonan) The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist is all the rage these days and it’s flying of the shelves at amazon and other booksellers:

VANESSA THORPE IN THE GUARDIAN: “If you want a fast-paced thriller to read this bank holiday, then Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is not going to fit the bill. Yet the bulky novel, once known as “the painter’s bible” and written in 1910, is leading an unlikely surge in the popularity of classic leftwing titles.

Sales of the book received a boost last year, following a star-studded Radio 4 serialisation of the work that featured Bill Bailey, Timothy Spall, Johnny Vegas, Paul Whitehouse and the MP John Prescott in a cameo role. This year, in the midst of dire economic forecasts, the book is still confounding expectations, peaking at number six in the Amazon Movers and Shakers list.

“It has really surprised us,” said Simon Winder, a publishing director at Penguin. “We sold many more than usual of our Penguin Classics edition last year, with sales going up from about 3,000 a year to more than 5,000, and this year it is carrying on the same way. It is incredible for such a serious classic. And there are several editions out there from other publishers, too.”

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via The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists leads surge in popularity for leftwing books | Books | guardian.co.uk .

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