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October 2015

Ian Hernon:  Robert Tressell - A Life in Hell 
The biography of the author of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Preface by Len McCluskey and supported by Unite 
Red Axe Books: http://www.dogstailbooks.co.uk/red-axe-books  £12.99  ISBN: 978-0-9932183-2-3
 
Robert TressellIan Hernon has done a great job in uncovering the bitter first-hand experiences and observations that led house-painter Robert Tressell to write the labour movement classic novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (RTP), which Len McCluskey describes as "one of the great books everyone should read if they want to know about the world of work." Over a million copies of RTP have been sold.

Hernon, who is deputy editor of Tribune and author of nine previously published history books, has traced the life of Tressell,  born in 1870 as Robert Croker, from the turmoil of late Victorian Ireland and South Africa to Edwardian Hastings and, finally, Liverpool where he died in 1911.

In the 1930s biographer Fred Ball interviewed many of Tressell's workmates, many of whom rec-ognised themselves in RTP. Now, Hernon has skilfully combined their thoughts alongside his painstaking decades long research, which has uncovered many previously undiscovered firm facts about Tressell's life, to tell 'a straightforward story of a remarkable man' who always insisted that every incident in RTP happened before his very eyes.

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http://www.tribunemagazine.org/2015/09/the-first-working-class-novel-and-an-enduring-inspiration/

http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/education/rebelroad/plaques/#Robert%20Tressell 

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