The King's Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue Paperback – 26 May 2011
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From the Back Cover
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was charming & interesting - read after seeing the film & led me onto Hot Dogs & Cocktails by Peter Conradi - see elsewhere on my Profile page. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner
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