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  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780670074686
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 408
  • RRP: $59.99

The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path



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.

  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780670074686
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 408
  • RRP: $59.99

About the author

Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. He was born in Melbourne and now lives on a farm in north-eastern Victoria. His work has been widely published overseas, and has been adapted in Australia for television, theatre and radio. His many titles include The Penguin Leunig, The Travelling Leunig, Ramming the Shears, Everyday Devils and Angels, You and Me, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness, Why Dogs Sniff Each Other's Tails, Goatperson and Other Tales, The Curly Pyjama Letters, The Stick, Poems, Strange Creature and The Lot.

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Praise for The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path

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

Awards & recognition

ABPA Book Design Awards

Winner  •  2013  •  Best Designed Specialist Illustrated Book

APA Book Design Awards

Winner  •  2013  •  Best Designed Specialist Illustrated Book

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Australian Booksellers Association

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  General

Bookseller's Choice

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  General

Indie Award

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  Non-Fiction

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