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The King's Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857381113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857381118
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lionel Logue was a self-taught and virtually unknown Australian speech therapist. Yet it was this outgoing, amiable man who almost single-handedly turned the nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into one of Britain's greatest kings after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 over his love for Mrs Simpson.
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy is the previously untold story of the remarkable relationship between Logue and the haunted future King George VI, written with Logue's grandson and drawing exclusively from his grandfather Lionel's diaries and archive.
This is an astonishing insight into the House of Windsor at the time of its greatest crisis. Never before has there been such a portrait of the British monarchy seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.

About the Author

Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. He is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive. He lives in London.

Peter Conradi is an author and journalist. He works for the Sunday Times and his last book was Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl.


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Format: Paperback
I loved the film so when I saw there was a book as well I was intrigued. This tells the full story of Lionel Logue and his friendship with the Duke of York/King George VI, from the birth to death of both men. There's lots of fascinating historical and personal details and the book complements the film really well. The Lionel Logue who emerges is quite a different character to the one portrayed by Geoffrey Rush, and the book reinforces what a special story this is. If you enjoyed the film I recommend this book.
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In lieu of being able to watch the movie "The King's Speech" because it hasn't been released yet, I ordered the book by the same name, written by Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark Logue, and his co-author, Peter Conradi. The book is a well-written biography of Australian-born speech therapist Lionel Logue and his work with Britain's Prince Albert when he was Duke of York in the 1920's and continuing on in the 1930's when "Bertie" became King - George VI - in 1936, and then afterward during WW2.

Albert, son of King George V and younger brother of Edward VIII, had developed a stammer during his youth, which made him shy and uncommunicative. As someone who has struggled all my life with a relatively mild stutter, I thought it was good that Mark Logue did not attribute the cause of Bertie's stammer to any one thing. Stuttering is an impediment which seems to arise from both/either physical and psychological reasons and most of the time cannot be properly ascribed to any one thing. In Bertie's case, it was possibly from a difficult youth. He and his siblings were not close to their parents - as was common in those days - and his parents seemed to rather scare him when they were together. A sadistic nanny and the changing of his left-handedness to right may have contributed to his stutter. In any case, he was a man who could not always control his own speech, and he was moving into some situations where he would be called on to speak publicly and to do so often.

After his marriage, Bertie consulted Lionel Logue who had emigrated to England from Australia with his wife and young family and set up a practice in speech therapy in London's Harley Street.
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I love history so really enjoyed reading this account. It is written by Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark. He has access to hundreds of letters, diary entries, photographs and newspaper clippings which Lionel Logue had collected throughout his career - as well as access to family memories. This makes the book a very accurate and personal account. You will not find out details of how Logue treated the king however, as he never wrote up the case; nor did he set out his methods for curing speech impediments in a formal way or have an apprentice to pass the information on to. I found this information in the introduction which is very interesting and informative, explaining what records the author already had at his disposal, how he found yet more records, but also what is missing. I would also like to praise the formating of the kindle version! It shows how well these books can work on the kindle if the publisher sets it out properly. There are several black and white photos included - which work very well on the kindle, and live links to the references, as well as an index. This is a personal account which tells a lot about the relationship between Logue and his pupil, King George VI.
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Format: Paperback
'The King's Speech' was mostly written by the grandson of the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue who treated George VI for his debilitating stammer. I can quite see why the grandson made a book from the clinical notes and diaries he found. They chronicle how the painfully shy Royal was thrust into the limelight when his older brother abdicated, and Logue was recruited to enable the King to keep up morale through his public speeches. The book is a straightforward tale with photos to support the text. It gives a glimpse of Royal, and ordinary, everyday life through the turmoil of two World Wars. The characters of Logue and The King, and their wives, mesh these events with a powerful (possibly lost in modern times)sense of duty and commitment to hard work.
I was left slightly frustrated at how little the author describes the actual techniques of Lionel Logue's methods for treating the King, and his other patients.But the story gave me an excellent overview of the events which carried everyone along through two World Wars and beyond.

I have not yet seen the film starring Colin Firth, but I am eagerly looking forward to it.
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A very well-read audio version, the narrator talks in Logue's voice (and Australian accent) when reading from his diaries, and assumes other accents when speaking their letters and diaries (though the Birmingham one did make me laugh). It did give it an air of authenticity and remind you that these are REAL diaries and events, real people, however extraordinary they seem.

I've watched the film many times, and wanted some more background detail, here provided by Logue's grandson. This tells the same story as the film, but puts it in context and adds detail both before and after the events of the film - from the childhood of both men (Lionel Logue and the future King George), and takes the story to the very end of theirs.

It moves along nicely, talking about world events and how the small-scale events of the speech therapist and the stammering prince (and later King) played their role in England's history and the Second World War.

There was much here I didn't know, and lots of wonderful detail - both background and personal details taken from letters/diaries. I found it very moving, especially towards the end.

Amazing story, easy to listen to, and excellent background if you've watched the film and want to know more.
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