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on 8 March 2011
Picked this book up simply because the film is getting such good reviews at the moment.
The first part of the book starts with Logue's ancestors in Australia and then moves onto Logue himself. It covers his marriage, how he got into speech therapy and his emigration to England.
The style of writing is very factual which made the book a very bland read to start with. Some information is presented in a very `matter of fact' way - an example would be the announcement of the eldest son's marriage to Jo Metcalf of Nottingham. This is given as a single sentence in the middle of a paragraph. At the time of reading, it seemed out of place. Much information is presented in a similar way which seems superfluous to the story.
As the book moves on we get introduced more to the monarchy. This seems to inject a bit of life into the story and, whilst the book still seems quite fact driven, the story gets a bit more character. The pace picks up even more as we go through the Second World War and we are introduced to more of the main characters' personalities.
The book gives a good insight into the monarchy from Queen Victoria through to Queen Elizabeth II. Anyone reading this book who knows little about the history of the Royal Family will find this an interesting introduction.
Overall, the book is an OK read. Had there been more emphasis on the feelings of the characters rather than simply on who they were, what they did and what they achieved then I think that this would be a brilliant read. Having read the book, I will endeavour to see the film.