You nervously clutch handwritten notes, painstakingly distilled after hours of research. You hear the speaker before you come to an end, and polite applause echoes from the audience. Your name is called, then a brief pause. Your name is called again as a question. Heart thudding, sweat pouring, you run out of the room.
The King’s Speech is the remarkable story of the Expat and Australian commoner, Lionel Logue, actor, speech therapist, husband and father, who helped King George VI overcome his stammer and follows the two men through a tumultuous period in history spanning an abdication of King Edward, WWII and to the death of King George in 1952.
“Every public speaker likes his hearer to imagine his oratory as an unpremeditated gift of nature, and not the result of prolonged and patient study”
Taken from Lionel Logue’s diaries, and written by his grandson Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, this isn’t a novelisation of the brilliant movie (it always tears me up), but a more thorough rendition of the genuine friendship that the two men had, despite the enormous gaps in class.
It’s well written, and a fascinating view of not only an ordinary family, but a very unique view of the Royal Family during the trials of the world at war. The movie only covers quite a condensed period of time, whereas the novel covers much more and is able to give more historical background as well. The parallels are striking, and it’s nice to get an overview of what happened after the movie finishes.
So in conclusion, it’s a great book and you must get it. Watch the movie as well, it’s my default movie when TV is rubbish yet again and I feel like being a bit weepy (what, it’s a girl thing). The acting, the production and the emotion are all superb.
What’s your favourite book that has been made into a movie?