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THE KING’S WAR

Mark Logue
Peter Conradi

  • Original Title: THE KING’S WAR
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: QUERCUS
  • Country: GB
  • 320 print pages
  • Biopics

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Looking back on one's life, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Friendship

Pitch

The broadcast that George VI made to the British nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939 was the product of years of hard work with Lionel Logue, his speech therapist. Yet the relationship between them did not end there. Logue was to play an even more important role at the monarch's side.

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Translation rights sold: Russia

Peter Conradi (born 1945) is a British author and the foreign editor of The Sunday Times of London. He wrote the bestseller THE KING'S SPEECH: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, which was adapted into a successful movie. He has also published biographies, for example THE RED RIPPER: Inside the Mind of Russia's Most Brutal Serial Killer ; MAD VLAD: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the New Russian Nationalism; and HITLER'S PIANO PLAYER.

Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. He is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive.

Summary

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. It is written by Peter Conradi, a Sunday Times journalist, and Mark Logue, Lionel's grandson, whose previous book, THE KING'S SPEECH: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, was a best-seller in Britain and America and translated into more than 20 languages.

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. It provides a portrait of two men and 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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  • Author’s biography

    Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. He is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive. He lives in London.

    Peter Conradi (born 1945) is a British author and the foreign editor of The Sunday Times of London. He wrote the bestseller THE KING'S SPEECH: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, which was adapted into a successful movie. He has also published biographies, for example THE RED RIPPER: Inside the Mind of Russia's Most Brutal Serial Killer ; MAD VLAD: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the New Russian Nationalism; and HITLER'S PIANO PLAYER.