Tales from the Inner City

Written by Shaun Tan

Illustrated by Shaun Tan

Part of the Walker Studio Series

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In Nutshell: Extraordinary exploration of human-animal interactions

In this mind-blowingly beautiful book comprising twenty-five tales, visionary artist and writer Shaun Tan turns his attention to the relationship between humans and animals in varied urban contexts. A rhino on a motorway. An owl at the side of a hospital patient. An eagle spied at multiple international airports. Giant snails declared “indecent” by the public.

Dreamlike, mysterious and poignant, this is a book to pore over. Both words and illustrations lend themselves to multiple readings, each experience unearthing alternate interpretations, new discoveries, fresh ways of seeing the world. What a sublimely strange feat this is.

Joanne Owen

Tales from the Inner City Synopsis

Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his extraordinary talent to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban co-existence. From crocodile to frog; tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict - of how animals can save us, and how we are entwined, for better or for worse. Tales from the Inner City is a truly masterly work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.

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ISBN: 9781406383843
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406383843
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Shaun Tan
Illustrator: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Anthologies, Short Stories

About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the “good drawer” which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author, concentrating mostly on writing and illustrating picture books. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since then he has received ...

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