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books Updated: Mar 04, 2011 21:23 IST

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So you're going to the cinema this weekend to watch the Oscar-winning The King's Speech. May we suggest you also pick up the book that was "inspired by the film". This book, like the film, is about Lionel Logue, the Australian 'speech therapist' who in the 1930s was dubbed by one British newspaper as 'The quack who saved a king'.

But unlike the film, The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy (Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Quercus R499) by Logue's grandson Mark Logue and journalist Peter Conradi, and based on Logue's "recently discovered" diaries (they were found some six months after Tom Hooper finished filming), puts Logue firmly as the protagonist of the story, and not the tongue-tied Duke of York who goes on to be King George VI.

The details will delight the British monarchy nuts (of which there are quite a few among desi readers) but of interest is the background of political turmoil about to envelope Europe and Britain and an Aussie who seems to play his role not for King and Country but for a man whom he starts to deeply care for.