Andy Mulligan

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Narrated By: Chris Nunez, Elissa Steele, Everette Plen, Fred Sanders, Michelle Gonzalez, Ozzie Rodriguez, Ramon DeOcampo

Duration: 5 hours and 20 minutes

What to expect

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...


Children's / Teenage fiction: Action & adventure stories, Children's / Teenage fiction: Thrillers, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: friends & friendship issues, Children's / Teenage general interest: Countries, cultures & national identity, Children's / Teenage: Social issues

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Outstanding, hotly anticipated thriller . . . an exceptionally satisfying plot

The Times

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

Financial Times

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

Daily Mail

Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking

Daily Telegraph

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