Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street boys against the world...
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One of my favourite novels of 2010, now in paperback with a new cover look. Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, three dumpsite boys take on the world in this gripping and intensely moving story . . . Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant - The Bookseller
Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller . . . an exceptionally satisfying plot - The Times
Trash is a brilliant book. It's vibrant, exciting and incrediby well-written -
Wonderful - an exciting story with engaging characters told in a clever way with spare but lyrical prose . . . Trash comes highly recommended by me, and I don't have time to say any more about it because I'm off to read it again. And after that, I might read it again. And then again. You read it too - The Bookbag
A thriller with moral weight and a complex structure - Financial Times
Andy Mulligan was brought up in south London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and Drama in India, Brazil, the Philippines and the UK. He now divides his time between London and Manila.