The King's War

The King's War

by Peter Conradi

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643132693
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 624,494
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Peter Conradi is an author and journalist with the London Sunday Times. With Mark Logue, he is the author of The King’s Speech.
Peter Conradi is an author and journalist with the London Sunday Times. With Mark Logue, he is the author of The King's Speech.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xvii

Prologue: The King's Funeral 1

Chapter 1 The First Wartime Speech 8

Chapter 2 Sitzkrieg 23

Chapter 3 The Big Freeze 49

Chapter 4 The 'stab in the back' 68

Chapter 5 Dunkirk 82

Chapter 6 The Blitz 104

Chapter 7 No Longer Alone 130

Chapter 8 Letter to Rupert 143

Chapter 9 Cutting the Gordian Knot 162

Chapter 10 The March on Rome 184

Chapter 11 D-Day 196

Chapter 12 Victory 220

Chapter 13 Voices from the Other Side 237

Chapter 14 The Last Words 250

Epilogue 261

Notes 268

Index 277

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