Peter Conradi and Mark Logue: The King’s War
Mon 19 Nov / Quarterhouse
The broadcast that George VI made to the nation on the outbreak of the Second World War – which formed the climax of the multi Oscar-winning film The King's Speech – was the product of more than a decade of hard work with Lionel Logue, his iconoclastic Australian-born speech therapist. Yet the relationship between the two men did not end there. Far from it: in the years that followed, Logue was to play an even more important role at the monarch's side.
The King's War: A Commoner, The Crown and Britain's Greatest Struggle follows this relationship through the dark days of Dunkirk and the Blitz and the heroism of D-Day to victory in 1945 – and beyond. Drawing on exclusive material from the Logue Archive – the collection of diaries, letters and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle – the book recounts in vivid detail the most dramatic moments of the war as seen from inside Buckingham Palace and charts the King’s transformation from a hesitant, stammering figure into the father of Britain and of the Empire.
It also provides an insight into the Logues’ own life in Sydenham in south-east London as they coped with everything that Hitler’s Germany could throw at them with the same grit, determination and sense of humour as their adoptive countrymen – but with a distinct Australian twist.
The result is a fascinating portrait of two men and their families – the Windsors and the Logues – as they together faced up to the greatest challenge in Britain's history.
Mark Logue is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive. He lives in London. Peter Conradi is an author and the Paris-based Europe Editor of The Sunday Times. Their previous book, The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, published in 2010, topped the best-seller lists in Britain and America and was translated into more than 20 languages.
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