Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education: Introduce Robert Tressell onto the 'A' level syllabus.
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Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education: Introduce Robert Tressell onto the 'A' level syllabus.

    1. John Goss
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      John Goss

      Birmingham, United Kingdom

Robert Tressell (real surname Noonan) wrote "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" while he was working (or often not working) as a painter and decorator. It is a classic of working-class literature despite the fact that it has never appeared on any school or college curricula. In 2003 the BBC with its "Big Read" looked for the "nation's best-loved novel". Tressell's classic did not win but it came in the top 100. Imagine where it might have come if people had actually been encouraged to read it.

To:
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education
Please introduce Robert Tressell's masterpiece of English literature "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" onto the 'A' level syllabus. Tressell (real name Noonan) has been totally neglected from the classroom. There may be political reasons for this, but I am prepared to give you and your predecessors the benefit of the doubt, that this is an oversight.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • jimmy hollywood SWANAGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      a book everyone should read its almost the rules of the game of life

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    • John Goss BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Advice please. Can anybody get the 'Email your contacts' button to work? I have not been able to. My email is john_goose@hotmail.com and I would be obliged to know if it is just me. Thanks.

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    • stephen lowe NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      it is a rare and deeply moving work describing the world of the poor a hundred years ago- written by one of them

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    • John Goss BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I've also started a Cause for this since I am having difficulty emailing my contacts. https://www.causes.com/causes/814380-teach-robert-tressell-at-sixth-form-level

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    • Sally Rogerson PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      It's an important book, a good illustration of the life and times without being either patronising or boring,

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