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  • Published: 27 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446403549
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 20 min
  • Narrator: Chris Nunez, Elissa Steele, Everette Plen, Ramon DeOcampo, Fred Sanders, Ozzie Rodriguez, Michelle Gonzalez
  • RRP: $18.99


A book that will touch the world. This is trash of the 24-carat gold variety.

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, 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...

  • Published: 27 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446403549
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 20 min
  • Narrator: Chris Nunez, Elissa Steele, Everette Plen, Ramon DeOcampo, Fred Sanders, Ozzie Rodriguez, Michelle Gonzalez
  • RRP: $18.99

About the author

Andy Mulligan

Andy Mulligan was brought up in the south of 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.

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Praise for Trash

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

There is danger, and action, and periods of lying low - the tension is well developed and the climax gloriously appropriate. This was a very exciting read, and I certainly recommend it

Diana Barnes, Write Away!

A cracker of a thriller . . . a zippy and classic briefcase-full-of-money thrill ride

Kirkus Review USA

An exciting thriller about justice and courage pitted against ruthless corruption that takes readers into perilous places and prepares them for Oliver Twist

Amanda Craig, The Times

A brilliant book I cannot recommend highly enough

Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday

Exciting and fast moving as the story is, it also tugs at your heartstrings and reminds the reader that there are many young people for whom this way of life is reality. Unmissable!

Pat Tate, Carousel

This is a powerful and gripping story that takes us into some painful places, but makes us believe that transformation is possible - that the vulnerable and weak can sometimes triumph against a whole system. I would very highly recommend it

Armadillo Magazine

Often funny, more often very moving

John Boyne, The Gloss

While readers will delight in the excitement and adventure of this story, they will also learn about the poverty and difficulties faced by many children throughout the world and about the consequences of corruption in government

Marianne Saccardi, Greenwich Citizen

The chase leads them throughout the city, exposing the great disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots," and the huge injustice this represents. They face moral dilemmas throughout and, ultimately, make good decisions. Their intelligence and characters make the condition in which they live seem even more unfair

Kristin Anderson, School Library Journal

An exciting read full of suspense. This will appeal to boys and to girls, and could act as a stimulus to classroom discussion of poverty, child workers, recycling in third world countries and the misuse of economic and political power

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