Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

Tales from the Inner City
Allen & Unwin
26 September 2018

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2020

Where can we live if not in each other’s shadow?

World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. 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 our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse.

Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan’s trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations. 


We are very lucky to have a second Shaun Tan in one year – this time a companion piece to the beautiful short-story collection, Tales from Outer Suburbia. This is an extraordinary collection of mythical tales about our relationship with animals, both real and imagined. It’s also a reminder that we, too, are merely animals in a complicated world that is often beyond our comprehension. Whether they’re living just next door, on the office floor above, or up in the sky, these animals reflect our human natures and pretensions.

Each short tale is accompanied by a stunning painting depicting human and animal connecting with one another. Tan has created a deeply moving, elegant and sophisticated collection of stories and paintings that will ask people to reflect on their relationship with animals as well as their own place in the world. This is a profound work of art that rewards repeat reading and is a necessary addition to any bookshelf. It will delight readers aged 10+.

Angela Crocombe is the shop manager at Readings Kids.

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