I have grown up with the name Robert Noonan aka Robert Tressell, the Author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists in my house. The reason why is because he is buried in a pauper grave in Walton cemetery which is home to Rice Lane City Farm which my parents helped to set up. I never thought though that anyone apart from those in the Walton community who new about the grave had ever read is book, what a surprise it was then to see it in The Big Read list the BBC created and that it reached number 72 in the top 100 was even more surprising. What I didn't expect in the last few weeks was when Ricky Tomlinson was publishing his auto biography he kept mentioning this book and how it had become a bible to him, especially in his years in prison. How weird this all is...


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