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When I Talk To You, is all about seeking a spiritual connection between yourself and the world around you by careful introspection of the things that mean the most to you.

Michael Leunig as always offers fresh insights in the souls of humankind and the world that we live in. His carefully thought out allegories and the tools of his trade being cartoons that often feature a duck and teapot, make the whole process feel somewhat light and fresh.

It becomes something more like a gateway to an inner religion, a religion of self if you will and the guidance within sets the path for everyday people in times of despair or sadness to set their minds free again and enjoy what has all to often been lost to them.

As a take on all the problems the world faces with religious upheavals in the current day, Leunig offers a peaceful and alternative solution to recognizing what it is we need to have a fulfilling life. It offers a retreat for the mind and soul.

The book was originally published by Andrews McMeel Publishing in 2006 and this new publication by Harper and Collins offers an all new introduction by the master cartoonist himself along with remastered illustrations.

A delightful addition for any book collection and truly a thinking persons guidebook to life’s inner peace.



Title: When I Speak To You

Author: Michael Leunig

Published by Harper and Collins

Year: 2014

Pages: 128

Condition: As new (Hard Cover)

Topics: Poetry, Art, Spirit, Mind, Body and Inner Awareness.

Humour and cartoons

Dimensions:    16 x 14 x 1 centimetres (0.27 kg)

ISBN:    9780732298593
ISBN 10: 0732298598


A selection of real life quotes by Michael Leunig.

It is known that wildfires behave unpredictably – this is fundamental – but it is my experience that humans in the presence of wildfire are also likely to behave in aberrant and unpredictable ways.

Happiness, it’s a small thing – just a very little thing.

The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we’re still also driven by primal urges like greed and power.

As a child, I heard many warnings from teachers about the perils of talking with strangers. Yet now, fairly late in my life, I can think of not many things better than to talk with strangers. The idea of being a stranger is also very appealing.

Falling down is a very big subject, and so is the concept of downfall. None of us escapes, and I have had my share of both.

Art is about the messy and marvelous business of coming to your senses – and also, to the senses of the world.

What modern humans need help with is escaping from the despair of politics, commerce and media, escaping from the drabness and oppressiveness of worldly values and seeing through suburban mentality and normal community standards so that they can find some much-needed relief for their wilting souls.

A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness; not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out.

Avoiding maturity is, for many men, not just a cute hobby, but a life’s work – often handsomely rewarded in the infantile popular culture of the West.

Life itself is offensive and certainly does not apologize – in fact, it hurts considerably and, as we all know, is often very rude and troublesome, just as nature or art can be.

Easter is not limited to the passion and death of Christ; it also includes the dismal tragedy of life unlived by the many, and all the loss of passion and truth that goes with it.

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