Andy Mulligan was born and brought up in 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, Vietnam, the Philippines and the UK. He now lives in England, and is writing full time. His first novel RIBBLESTROP was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize; his second, RETURN TO RIBBLESTROP, won the Guardian Children's Fiction prize. TRASH was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has been published in twenty-eight languages. It is a major motion picture.