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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 166g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849920567
  • 9781849920568
  • 34,895

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Three friends.
Raphael, Gardo and Rat.
Living on a heap of trash, a lifetime of sifting rubbish.
One day they find something extraordinary - a deadly secret. From that moment they are hunted without mercy.
With danger snatching at their heels, the boys are chased from the city's dirty gutters to its wealthy avenues. But they can't run forever. They need a miracle.
'Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant' The Bookseller
'One of the most exciting and original novels of the year' Daily Mail
'A brilliant book . . . Vibrant, exciting and incredibly well-written' John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'Outstanding' The Times
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Review Text

"Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking"
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Review quote

"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" -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller "Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller ... an exceptionally satisfying plot" -- Amanda Craig The Times "Trash is a brilliant book. It's vibrant, exciting and incrediby well-written" -- John Boyne "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
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About Andy Mulligan

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 Britain, India, Brazil and the Philippines. Andy's novel Trash has been published in twenty-two languages and will soon be a major motion picture directed by Stephen Daldry and scripted by Richard Curtis.
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Rating details

10,924 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 22% (2,434)
4 37% (4,094)
3 28% (3,054)
2 9% (947)
1 4% (395)

Our customer reviews

I can't say a lot since I'm afraid I can only express the intensity of my remark with spoiling those who haven't read it yet, but I'll say this: The book is extremely good. The setting itself is extraordinary enough: a third world country, with a vast difference between the rich and the poor, and the story is seen in the eyes of a poor boy not older than fourteen. They explore and avoid the authorities to find out a mystery than so happened to be somewhat a "blessing in disguise" (hints to the title). It makes me think, since I myself am from a third world country, about the poor I see everyday, if this was how they were felt and treated, and I know they were. Back to the story, it's a very interesting read, and I love how the ending turned out (they're so selfless, I love them ;-; ) and I'm glad that in some way they got a happy ending. 5 stars for this one. I had reviewed it on my blog, but it included spoilers. For those who want to read more, here's my blog: more
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