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The King's War

The King's War Peter Conradi
Pub date November 2018
International publishers Guomai Culture & Media (China), Athenaeum (Hungary), Azbooka-Atticus (Russia)
Publisher (UK) Quercus Books

The broadcast that George VI made to the nation on the outbreak of war in

September 1939 – which formed the climax of the multi Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech – was the product of years 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 follows this relationship through the dark days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day to eventual victory in 1945 – and beyond.

The book draws on exclusive material from the Logue Archive – the collection of diaries, letters and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle. Combined with other contemporary accounts, it provides a fascinating portrait of two men and of their respective families – the Windsors and the Logues – as they together faced up to the greatest challenge in Britain’s history.

 

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