The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy

Paperback | November 30, 2010

byMark Logue, Peter Conradi

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The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between an unknown and certainly unqualified speech therapist called Lionel Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman—he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless, it was Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into a man who was capable of being king. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI was always known) from his debilitating stammer and pathological nervousness in front of a crowd or microphone, it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed. Drawn from Logue's personal diaries, The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at the time of its greatest crisis. It throws extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men—and on the vital role the king's wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband's reputation and his career as king.

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The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between an unknown and certainly unqualified speech therapist called Lionel Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman—he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless, it w...

PETER CONRADI is an author and journalist. He works for The Sunday Times. His most recent book is Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.95 × 5.98 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from great text and history I wish this would have been my grade 11 text book for history.
Date published: 2012-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The King's Speech I picked up this book after watching the movie expecting it to be much of the same. The book goes into a lot more detail than the movie was able to. I enjoyed the dynamic between the King and Logue. If you enjoyed the movie I would definitely recommend picking this book up.
Date published: 2011-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice insight I really liked it. While the movie only looked at one aspect of King George VII's and Logue's relationship, this book had a more complete look at their relationship and also looked more deeply at Logue's background and how he influenced the emerging field of Speech Therapy.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read but biased Let me start off by saying that I really loved this book. It was written well, and caught and kept my attention. It was also a very fast read, I was able to read it in a day. However, it seemed at times like the author was greedy. Almost like he was using his grand-father to promote himself. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait to watch the movie now to add to the story, as this book is not the movie but information related to it.
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It caught my attention! This book supports the movie; it is NOT the movie. The movie brought warm applause from the audience and tears to my eyes, and that is why I purchased the book. Logue's grandson searched ancestral files to give us the background story of Lionel Logue's family life, and his approach to speech therapy, and to chronicle the communication and process with George VI. Photos of the Logue's family and the Royal family and copies of letters are included to provide most interesting insights into this relationship. Most of the story is told from Logue's perspective, of course, since the text depends highly on his personal diary. I am captured by this story, by its importance to history and by the sincere warmth and concern shown by George VI. His relationship with Logue was most unusual in providing for him the perspective of a "commoner" and a colonialist as well. The social rules of the day also fascinate me as royalty was held in much higher esteem earlier in the century and etiquette dictated behaviours so differently than it does today. The impact of technology from a historical perspective is also interesting as using the BBC as a way to connect with the people coincided with the timing of this King taking charge of his speech inpediment. Marshall McLuhan would have been impressed with the use of the medium. For those who face a variety of challenges as they go about their daily lives, whether it be related to speech, sight, hearing or a phobia, I think that reading about Logue's theories and the King's struggles can provide encouragement and maybe suggest some strategies for coping. There are, therefore, several levels of connection for the reader here, from the personal to the historical! I find this a very honest and interesting story. Thanks to Mark Logue for sharing his personal discovery of his family history with the world. I am not a "royalist" but my respect for this King and his wife has grown considerably. I suggest that this is a story for readers of all ages; the language is friendly and the tale can grip the reader in many ways.
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book After seeing the wonderful movie, I wanted to fill in some of the gaps on Logue's life and his relationship with King George V1. This book was entertaining, informative and answered all the questions I had as to how Logue became a speech therapist and attracted the attention of a future king. What a marvellous story.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down Prince Albert has a stammer which renders public speaking painfully difficult if not at times impossible. The problem is, princes are expected to speak. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian, who succeeds where all others have failed. The prince through much hard work, and encouragement from Logue, becomes an accomplished speaker, just in time to become George VI when his brother Edward VIII abdicates and to lead his people through war. Whether Logue did anything apart from giving Prince Albert/King George VI the confidence to speak in public and editing his speeches to eliminate troublesome words and sounds, let alone actually saving the monarchy, may be arguable, however the story is a terrific one, highly entertaining, fast-paced, and must be read.
Date published: 2011-01-08

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Editorial Reviews

“Based on a treasure trove of royal letters, appointment cards and photographs, a new book on the remarkable life of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue fills many of the gaps left by the hit film The King's Speech." - Edmonton Journal“The forgotten king is emerging from the shadows, thanks in no small part to the film The King's Speech and the book of the same name by Peter Conradi and Mark Logue, grandson of the monarch's speech therapist, Lionel Logue" - Maclean’s“His scribbled reminiscences and elegant letters - highlights of which are published here for the first time - offer an intimate insight into the Royal family throughout some of the most turbulent years of the last century." - The Daily Telegraph