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English: Trash


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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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Interviews with Andy Mulligan

Andy Mulligan: How I wrote Trash in 10 days straight - The Guardian article, 3 February 2015.

Andy Mulligan talks Trash - The Guardian article, 21 December 2010 by Michelle Pauli.



This Libguide supports the study of Trash by Andy Mulligan as part of the Year 7 English course. Trash is a novel about a young boy, Raphael, who lives on a dumpsite earning a living by sifting through rubbish. One day Raphael makes an extraordinary and deadly discovery which sets him and his friends, Gardo and Rat, on a fast-paced adventure to solve a mystery and right a terrible wrong.

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Publisher's Teachers' Resources This is Penguin Random House, the publisher's resource for teachers which includes useful information for students studying Trash by Andy Mulligan. 

LitCharts - This study guide includes links to detailed information on plot summary, analysis, themes, quotes and character analysis

Publisher's Reader's Guide This is Penguin Random House, the publisher's reading guide, containing discussion questions.


Life in a Cambodian Rubbish Dump is an article published on ABC News written by Amy Simmons about Omar Havana, a Spanish photojournalist, and his experience over seven months getting to know and document the lives of people living among a Cambodian rubbish dump. 

PHOTO by Omar Harvana 'Children and parents sift for food'

Trash - Movie on Clickview