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…

Critics Review

  • 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
  • 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
  • Great stuff: taut, plausible and thought-provoking

    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

    Financial Times

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