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Shaun Tan

Lothian (2006)


Reviewed by Alisa Krasnostein (this review was first published in April 2007)

For me, by far the most outstanding work published in Australia last year was Shaun Tan’s The Arrival. The book itself, physically, is a beautiful work of art. The hard cover is designed to look like a beat up, battered old book – maybe a loved storybook or family photo album. It also reminds me of an old suitcase.

The story, too, is a beautifully crafted work of art. It tells the story of the immigrant – of a man who leaves his wife and child to escape the monster terrorising their city to begin a life for them anew in some other, freer city. Along the way, we share his struggles as he is confronted by the alienness of this new world as he misses his family as well as the stories of other immigrants who have fled their own oppressors to start a new life in this city. Read the rest of this entry »

Kelly Link

Illustrated by Shaun Tan

ISBN: 978 1 921656 36 1

Text Publishing (2010)

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

What a fabulous collection! There are so few single-author collections, particularly for younger readers, and it’s even rarer to find one of such quality. Kelly Link is a fantastic author and Pretty Monsters showcases her short stories to great effect. Not always for the faint-hearted, Link explores some of the darker side of speculative fiction, but in an engaging way that examines some interesting themes. Read the rest of this entry »

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