Half a pound of tuppeny rice

Kerry Jacobs (La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia)

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Publication date: 1 December 2005



Seeks to reflect on the way that truths about commerce and labour have been captured in seemingly “innocent” rhymes.


Fictional prose.


The piece contemplates the trap into which a tradesman might fall when at the mercy of fluctuating demand and tempted to give up his tools. Alternative means of income are weighed up and a moral about managing money is suggested.

Research limitations/implications

Encourages further consideration of the way that common rhymes represent the economic and social truth of their times.


A creative representation of the origins of popular verses that deal with working lives of the past.



Jacobs, K. (2005), "Half a pound of tuppeny rice", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 884-884. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513570510627757

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