I have not bought many books recently but this one caught my eye on a recent trip to Salt's Mill in Saltaire Bradford. It's a series of illustrated short stories by Australian author / illustrator Shaun Tan. If you don't know his work (and you really should) then look at the Red Tree, or The Lost Thing? It's quite an unusual book neither a children's or adult's book, and was supported by Australia's Arts Council. If only our council was so enlightened? Have a look at his website he has a very interesting view on the role of illustration.