This set of the best-selling graphic novel The Arrival, and a new companion volume of commentary and developmental drawings, Sketches from a Nameless Land, will fascinate anyone who has fallen under the spell of Shaun Tan's timeless story, and offers a revealing insight into the craft of one of Australia's most compelling author-illustrators.
...a remarkable and skilful work of art. -- The Sunday Times 20090501 Reading "The Arrival" feels like paging through a family treasure newly discovered up in the attic. -- New York Times 20090402 With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ... finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination... few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner. -- Publishers Weekly 20090301 ...an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. -- Kirkus Reviews 20090103 Shaun Tan's The Arrival may be the most brilliant book of the year' -- School Library Journal 20090103
Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, both of which have won international awards such as the Honourable Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Prices, were CBCA Honour Books and have been widely translated. Previous books Shaun has illustrated include The Rabbits by John Marsden (CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and with Gary Crew, Memorial (A CBCA Honour Book) and The Viewer (winner of the Crichton Award for illustration). In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work.