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In this autobiography the author evokes his Edwardian childhood in his portrait of a vanished community as he tells how he and the other children of Salford struggled daily to survive the poverty that surrounded them


10 thoughts on “A Ragged Schooling Growing Up in the Classic Slum

  1. says:

    When the Duke of Wellington then prime minister passed through Salford and arrived at Manchester upon opening the world’s first passenger railway line he received his hottest reception since Waterloo ‘Thousands of the lowest orders had poured from the courts and alleys to meet His Grace in personthey flung lumps of clay bricbracs and other missilesgroans and hisses greeted the carriage' Thus Robert Roberts uoting a contemporary describes what had occurred a century earlier ‘The new industrial proletariat gave sullen warning from the depths of the first industrial slums’ It symbolized the paradox of the industrial revolution Disraeli described greater Manchester ‘as great a human exploit as the rise of Athens’ Yet the corollary the dark side was the enslavement of a whole class in dire working and living conditions for a couple of generations A Ragged Schooling describes a family well and truly entrenched in this dark side Yet the Roberts family try to make the most of it and wrench as much living and fun out of their ragged life The family is fairly astute and they are not exactly on the bottom rung of the ladder As well as the father working they have a store and have several ‘tick’ customers ie who buy on credit Yet life is a constant struggle even for them right to the end The children including Robert are obviously bright yet no way can they afford to stay on at school beyond 12 years of age – the working minimum age then Pollution is the norm everywhere and the people where he lives breed in ‘noxious vapours’ in concentrated forms as ‘our own streets stood immediately under the gasworks in the path of prevailing winds But very few uestioned the right of industry to ruin our health and environment” In the factory where he worked he refers to the ‘automatic grinderthat spurted a stream of bronze motes through the air With every breath we were taking in metal dust’The book is peopled by a few memorable characters His father is drawn in a sympathetic way He is fond of booze but not excessively so and no than anyone else in his situation – his sole release from the drudgery of life Iggy Ignatius represents the absolute dregs of society and is beyond the pale for Robert’s mates because his company reflects badly on them Yet the author accepts him and sees his worth behind the rags and delights at his wonder when he witnesses how the other half or other 910s live Later he met and reminisced with him in prison where Iggy inevitably ended up Aloysius Murphy his father’s Irish crony is another colourful character with typical Irish charm a regular visitor at the Roberts’ household The most impressive character for me is Robert’s mother a most astute character who never puts a word wrong and who in today’s world would definitely be an achiever of some sort Yet in trying to rise up above her surroundings she was kicking against the pricks Just in the last paragraph of the book it is revealed that she did break free to finally leave behind the dark slums of the industrial north But all too late for shortly thereafter its implied she may have ended her own life The author says he has covered this episode elsewhere presumably in ‘The Classic Slum’This book rambles on a bit in places particularly near the end Yet for someone with the author’s background with minimum education it’s a great achievement and an important social commentary on that period in the early 1900s


  2. says:

    I loved this memoir of a man born in 1905 in one of the worst slums of Britain Salford in Manchester was almost beyond poor education might consist of a year of schooling before you had to work and the air and rivers were so polluted that they could be deadly In spite of this Robert Roberts grew up very literate thanks to his mother and has written an engrossing and fascinating memoir No self pity lots of humor and a real historical gem It's not often one sees a memoir from someone of the 'working class' so this book is truly valuable


  3. says:

    What an incredible story from Robert Roberts who was born in a Salford Slum in 1905 The autobiography was moving humanizing and encaptured marvelous humor Life indeed was harsh in the streets of Salford This is before the First World War Still children could still have fun playing in the streetstheir imaginations making up games which would give them the excitement they craved This was a harsh time but the author has written the story with great sensitivity Wonderful read


  4. says:

    What a wonderful witty and sensitive book One wouldn't even know it's an autobiography from the way it reads I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in period pieces Downton Abbey andor is an Anglophile like me Although the book jumps from story to story I really appreciated it as it kept everything lively


  5. says:

    This is fantastic I found it via a Victorian history course although it's actually set in the early 20th century An autobiography of Robert Roberts and his childhood in the Edwardian slums of Salford it's a hugely entertaining informative read I loved it


  6. says:

    I struggled a bit with understanding this book It got uite poignant towards the end and I understood the basic message that it was trying to convey about this kind of life but for the majority of the book I found it difficult to read The language was very old fashioned and rambling and a lot of the time I couldn't really work out what the author was talking about It did provide some uniue insight into the impact of industrialization on the average British person though which was the sort of thing I was looking for when I asked my friend for some recommendations


  7. says:

    Friedrich Engels wrote about the condition of Working Class Lives in the industrial areas of Manchester during his time in the City between 1842 1844 His account of poverty is grinding but detached and statistical as well as judgemental of the system of which he was part that caused the poverty Robert Roberts is writing about a time that is just over sixty years later as a member of the working class in Salford He writes with warmth humour and candour in the way that an outsider like Engels never could As with honour amongst thieves there is a cameraderie and empathy amongst the disadvantaged as well as an obvious pecking order Life may well be a joke but Robert Roberts shows that the only way to deal with it is to make the most of it The conversion of his father from a liberal devotee of Lloyd George to a lifelong socialist is particularly telling albeit only a vignette and gives clear voice as to why people should be left free to determine their own destiny rather than be lectured to by government do gooders or Friedrich Engels A true case of Physician heal thyselfI would love to read of Roberts's work on the strength of this autobiographical account of his childhood


  8. says:

    Roberts's the Classic Slum is an excellent work partially based on research and his own recollections I had high hopes of A Ragged Schooling but it's a little disappointing Based wholly on his recollections some of which appear in the Classic Slum it's an undemanding read However with little structure it's a rather a run of the mill remembrance with nothing to really set it apart from many similar books It rather lacks structure and rather underplays the difficult life faced by his mother that it is so well presented in the Classic Slum I feel a little churlish awarding only 2 stars as it was a pleasant and enjoyable book


  9. says:

    A vivid ironic and warm beautifully written biography of growing up in the slums of Salford Lancashire My grandmother was born in 1905 in Liverpool; the other side of Lancashire so this book had a special interest to me His family are beautifully drawn a clever family trapped by poverty and their dismal surroundings particularly his mother who is perhaps most poignantly imprisoned but Northern humour shines throughHis account of The Duke of Wellington being jeered by the ragged crowd illustrates the subversiveness of the workers enslaved by the grim realities of industrialisation


  10. says:

    I picked this up after hearing a lively book discussion on Radio 4 There was some grim reading about the realities of slum living and just how hard life could be but a perfect personal snapshot of an Edwardian childhood