I’ve just finished reading: The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi (2010)


This was amongst my many book hauls from various charity shops. Being a big fan of the film, I snapped it up without checking it out first. I was under the mistaken belief that the film was based on this book, but it’s not.

You don’t get too much extra information, the film pretty much covered all there is that’s known about the interactions with the king & Logue, with exception of background information on Logue’s upbringing, his life in Australia, and his marriage.

Most of you will have seen the film or at very least, are aware of the story. If you aren’t aware, George V had a very bad speech impediment (footage available of him giving speeches is excruciating to watch, you’re filled with empathy just willing him to get through it). Lionel Logue was brought in to try and help him – incidentally the film takes poetic license with the (to be) Queen Mother visiting Logue in Harley St to make an appointment). The growing friendship between the two men is a lovely thing.

There’s not a lot else I can say, although I’m recommending the book. If you haven’t seen the film, you’ll find it fascinating, if you have, it will provide a backbone to the the story.

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