The King’s War

Written by Mark Logue Peter Conradi
Review by Alan Cassady-Bishop

After the success of The King’s Speech, both as a book and a film, Mark Logue (grandson of the speech therapist Lionel Logue) was encouraged by many ex-patients, colleagues and friends to sift through the papers, letters and other documents and detail how far did the relationship go between the Australian therapist and the troubled monarch. This book is the result, and it details the experiences of wartime Britain, for both commoner and monarch, by studying papers and putting them into place alongside known historical events—from the outbreak of war, the change of government leadership, to peacetime negotiations and re-evaluations of situation. The resulting account tells a very intimate story of the Logue family and the Windsors, the true struggle of King George VI with his stammer and his sense of public duty, the sense of which has been carried down through the monarchy. Snippets of humour, revealing dialogue, background to situations— all add up to a very touching and intimate account of a genuine friendship that spanned the gap of status.