Author: F.C. Ball
Title: Tressell of Mugsborough
Publication: First UK Edition 1st Impression Published by Lawrence and Wishart Ltd 1951…………… (See Pictures)
Condition Of Book and Dust-Jacket : This is a Good Copy of this Book in grey coloured boards over red cloth spine,in a Good Only Dust-Jacket that has loss to the head of spine and along top edge of the rear cover,smaller nicks to corners and extremities of the wrapper.Not price clipped with 12s 6d showing to the inner flap.This copy has NO previous owner’s names or inscriptions present.There is some spotting and age toning to the text.8vo 224pp First Edition 1st Impression  NB: Tressell of Mugsborough Robert Tressell was the non de plume of Robert Noonan a house painter who was the illegitimate son of Mary Ann Noonan and Samuel Croker.Born in Dublin in 1870 and settled in England in 1901 after a short spell living and working in South Africa.He chose the pen name Tressell in reference to the trestle being an important part of his kit as a painter and decorator.Based on his own experiences of poverty, exploitation and his complete terror that he and his daughter, Kathleen whom he was raised alone—would be consigned to the workhouse if he fell ill, Noonan embarked on a detailed and scathing analysis of the relationship between working-class people and their employers. The “philanthropists” of the title are the workers who, in his view acquiesce in their own exploitation in the interests of their bosses.The novel is set in the fictional town of Mugsborough a small place near Hastings in Sussex.
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