Mohammad Nor Khalid, far better known as Lat, is Malaysia’s top cartoonist. Lat: My Life and Cartoons is his autobiography. In it, he tells in his own words the story of his life from his birth and childhood in the idyllic village atmosphere so evocatively captured by him in his bestselling book The Kampung Boy. He describes how he became a professional cartoonist in the 1960s and guides readers through his years as a crime reporter in 1970s Kuala Lumpur, his several decades as an editorial and freelance cartoonist, and his travels to the UK, US, Japan and beyond, including his work on the award-winning Kampung Boy animation.
Packed full of riotous high jinx and fascinating personal anecdotes, Lat: My Life and Cartoons introduces a whole range of colourful friends and acquaintances, and provides insights into Lat the man, his thinking and his cartoons. This treasure trove of memories tells the story of a man whose cartoons have come to represent the collective memories of an entire country. In telling his story, he also shines a light on how Malaysia and the world have changed over more than half a century. The book is illustrated with 48 pages containing more than 100 photographs, memorabilia and carefully selected cartoons.
Lat is Malaysia’s foremost cartoonist. He has captured the country’s characters and soul in his own inimitable style for 50 years in editorial cartoons, books and animations. His best-selling book The Kampung Boy has been in print for more than 30 years and translated into nine languages and his animated series of the same name broadcast in many countries around the world.
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