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Four hundred of Michael Leunig's most brilliant cartoons from the past five decades, including some previously uncollected.

Four hundred definitive cartoons spanning five decades

From the vast repertoire created by Michael Leunig since 1965 comes this inspired selection of his most universal and timeless pieces. Such is his prophetic insight that many of them are more relevant today – and funnier and more ironic – than when they were first published.

This beautiful, colour-filled hardback includes some works not previously collected, along with an introduction by Leunig on how he creates: the process of discovering 'poetry and spirit in the playful winding path that the semiconscious pen makes on a piece of paper'. The Essential Leunig is a testament to the enduring appeal of a unique Australian artist.
 

Reviews

'A wonderful addition to - and good-looking edition for - the bookcase of any fan of Michael Leunig . . . It's impossible to open this collection of 400-odd cartoons - some reproduced in glorious colour - and not smile a little.' Sydney Morning Herald

PRH, PRH

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780670074686

    November 21, 2012

    Viking (AU Adult)

    400 pages

    RRP $59.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2013
    Winner
  • 2013
    ABPA Book Design Awards
    Winner
  • 2013
    APA Book Design Awards
    Winner
  • 2013
    APA Book Design Awards
    Winner
  • 2013
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Australian Booksellers Association
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Bookseller's Choice
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Bookseller's Choice
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Indie Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2013
    Indie Award
    Shortlisted

Also by Michael Leunig

Ducks for Dark Times
The Wayward Leunig: Cartoons That Wandered Off
Musings from the Inner Duck
The Penguin Leunig: 40th Anniversary Edition
Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness
Curly Verse: Selected Poems - Popular Penguins
The Lot: In Words
The Lot
Hot
Why Dogs Sniff Each Other's Tails
The Curly Pyjama Letters
A New Penguin Leunig
The Travelling Leunig