The Arrival - by Shaun Tan

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The Arrival - by Shaun Tan

"An imaginative triumph.  Every home should have one." – The Times
"It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike." – The Observer

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown.

This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.

THE ARRIVAL has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place.

Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. It has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

Shaun Tan is an internationally and critically acclaimed multi-award winning author/ illustrator. Amongst others, he has won the Astrid Lindgren prize, the Crichton Award, the World Fantasy Best Artist Award and was the first BAME author to win the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2020. He also He won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of his picture book.

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"Tan's lovingly laid out and masterfully rendered tale about the immigrant experience is a documentary magically told." – Art Spiegelman, author of Maus

"An absolute wonder." – Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis

"A magical river of strangers and their stories!" – Craig Thompson, author of Blankets

"A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay." – Jeff Smith, author of Bone

"Shaun Tan's artwork creates a fantastical, hauntingly familiar atmosphere... Strange, moving, and beautiful." – Jon J. Muth, Caldecott Medal-winning author of Zen Shorts

"Bravo." – Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

"Magnificent." – David Small, Caldecott Medalist


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