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Tales from the Inner City

written by Shaun Tan

illustrated by Shaun Tan

Allen and Unwin | ISBN 9781760523534

Hardback – 224 pages


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Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City is a collection of twenty-five stories that capture unexpected moments of eruption in our everyday urban lives. His signature dream-like imagery combines short stories and poetry with surrealist illustrations. Tan asks us to reflect on our relationship with the natural world. These stories take place in familiar, densely populated, inner city office buildings and public spaces. Tales from the Inner City leaves the reader with many unanswered mysteries; millions of butterflies descending into the CBD, a lost cat with multiple names and an orca living in the sky. This is a work that is certain to inspire imagination in readers both young and old!


A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia, this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

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.

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