I would like to welcome Andy Mulligan author of the new book Trash to Library Lounge Lizard!
(Photo credit Jun Santos)
LIBRARY LOUNGE LIZARD:
WHERE’S THE BOOK SET?
Andy Mulligan here, writing hard on this blog tour for my new book, TRASH and thrilled to be appearing on “Library Lounge Lizard”. I’m putting Nick Cave onto the iPod so that I can concentrate – why does Nick Cave always provide just the right stuff?
TRASH is out in a few days, and we’re preparing for a book launch in Manila, blowing up the balloons and printing the free bookmarks. It is strange to be sitting in the very city where the novel was conceived, and to be walking past the statues that feature, and even – now and then – the trash boys doing their late-night rounds.
‘Why don’t you make it clear it’s the Philippines?’ said a very educated Filipino to me, yesterday.
‘I wanted to create a country that could be anywhere -’
‘Yes, I realize that. Why?’
‘I wanted the reader to think it could be Calcutta, Bogotá, Rio -’
‘Like I said, I realize that. Why?’
I have thought about this a lot, so I tried to get it clear in my own mind. Because the situation is not unique to the Philippines, and because – as a guest of the Philippines – I don’t feel like writing something that might be seen as an attack. Political corruption, child-labour, police-brutality – is there a country in the world that doesn’t suffer these evils? Even in the safe and sacred world of the UK and the US – do we know what happens in our police stations, and how the rich dodge their taxes? Do we know what happens to the waifs turning up on our railway stations? – and even if ‘child labour’ is a thing of the past, let’s not forget that our industries were built on that very commodity.
No: TRASH is not a book about the Philippines. The Philippines gave me some really vivid pictures, and out came the book. It really is set anywhere.
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by Andy Mulligan
Availalbe October 12, 2010
David Fickling Books
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...
I really enjoyed this book....full of action, mystery and clues that lead these boys on a dangerous journey. A great conversation starter in the classroom in regards to living conditions, relationships and poverty in third world countries around the world.