Following the New York Times bestselling The King's Speech, this eagerly anticipated sequel takes King George VI and his confidant and speech therapist Lionel Logue into the darkest days of World War II.
The broadcast that George VI made to the British 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 that relationship through the dangerous days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day to eventual victory in 1945—and beyond. Like the first book, it is written by Peter Conradi, a London Sunday Times journalist, and Mark Logue (Lionel's grandson), and again draws on exclusive material from the Logue Archive—the collection of diaries, letters, and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle. This gripping narrative provides a fascinating portrait of two men and their respective families—the Windsors and the Logues—as they together face the greatest challenge in Britain's history.
This touching and nostalgic work, a follow-up to The King's Speech, continues the tale of the unconventional relationship between Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue and King George VI. Drawing on letters and diary entries, Logue (Lionel's grandson) and Sunday Times journalist Conrad take readers though the long, dark, bitter days of WWII. Faced with difficult wartime decisions, constant radio addresses, and parliamentary appearances, King George VI, "Bertie," once again turns to his speech therapist and confidant, Logue. The authors intimately depict the two men writing and preparing addresses to a nation depressed by the Nazi invasion of France, relieved at the escape of Dunkirk, besieged by the constant bombing of London, and, ultimately, triumphant about the events in Normandy. Broadcasting from a dark bomb shelter beneath Buckingham Palace, Bertie, a man once beset by a stammer and fear of public address, becomes a confident and reassuring king capable of bolstering and calming his subjects. The authors also recount Lionel and his wife Myrtle's wartime and postwar experiences: rationing, the Nazi bombings, the enlistment of their three sons, and eventually their respective deaths in 1945 and 1953, respectively. Fans of The King's Speech will be thrilled with this poignant sequel.