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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.
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.
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