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'A Slumdog, feel-good treasure find' Daily Mail

Trash, Andy Mulligan


Now adapted into a Bafta-nominated film directed by Steven Daldry and written by Richard Curtis.

Raphael lives on a dumpsite, eking out a living sifting through rubbish. One unlucky-lucky day, he makes an extraordinary and deadly discovery. Now he and his two friends, Gardo and Rat, are wanted by the corrupt forces that run the city and will stop at nothing to get back what they've lost.

From the slums to the mansions of the elite, it's going to take all of their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. And to stay alive.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781909531130
    Published: 01/08/2014
    Imprint: Definitions (Young Adult)
    Extent: 224 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781409098119
    Published: 01/09/2010
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 240 pages
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"One of the most exciting and original novels of the year . . . It's a tight, thrilling story, told from various characters' perspectives and has a Slumdog, feel-good pulse beating through it. A genuine treasure find" - Sally Morris, Daily Mail

"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

"Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking" - Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

"Trash is a thriller with moral weight and a complex structure . . . Without ever moralising, Mulligan raises issues of corruption, poverty, waste and excess in an exciting, but also grimly sad tale" - Suzi Feay, Financial Times

"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 superbly original tale" - Natasha Harding, The Sun

"This is a highly entertaining and very satisfying book which should be recommended to all. It needs to be read." - Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

"Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant" - The Bookseller

"Headlong and heart-stopping, this is an adventure you just can't put down" - Julia Eccleshare, Love Reading 4 Kids

Andy Mulligan

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 is now a Bafta-nominated major film directed by Stephen Daldry and scripted by Richard Curtis.