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

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

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by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
     
 

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Based on the recently discovered diaries of Lionel Logue, The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy recounts an inspiring real-life tale of triumph over adversity, when an Australian taught a British king with a crippling speech defect how to speak to his subjects.

At the urging of his wife Elizabeth, the Duke of York (know to the royal family

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Based on the recently discovered diaries of Lionel Logue, The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy recounts an inspiring real-life tale of triumph over adversity, when an Australian taught a British king with a crippling speech defect how to speak to his subjects.

At the urging of his wife Elizabeth, the Duke of York (know to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship, between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia, would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse. Through intense locution and breathing lessons, the amiable Logue gave the shy young Duke the skills and the confidence to stand and deliver before a crowd. And when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry for love, Bertie was able to assume the reins of power as King George VI-just in time to help steer the nation through the dark waters of the Second World War.

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Library Journal
Crisis rocked the British monarchy in 1936, when a shy, unexpected, and speech-impaired king was thrust forward to pull the country together and inspire confidence after his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated. King George VI had already begun speech therapy when still Duke of York, with transplanted Australian Lionel Logue (coauthor Logue's grandfather), an elocutionist and speech therapist with new techniques. The duke's wife, the future Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), had read of Logue's breathing and confidence-building techniques and brought her husband to him. Logue instilled self-assurance in the new king (father of Queen Elizabeth II), identified "trouble spots" in his prepared speeches, and provided moral support, all contributing to a rare friendship that was to last until George VI's death in 1952. Based in part upon Logue's newly discovered diaries, the authors' (Logue, custodian of the Logue Archive, and Conradi, editor, London's Sunday Times) work details this bit of history, brought to prominence by the current film of the same name.Verdict With interest in the royal family now high and with Oscar buzz surrounding the movie, this meshing of two different personalities into one extraordinary story is all the more compelling. Anyone interested in biography, the royal family, or the movie will enjoy discovering this book.—Maria C. Bagshaw, Ecolab, St. Paul
Publishers Weekly
Published to coincide with the Oscar-winning film of the same name, this memoir by the grandson of speech therapist Logue (memorably played by Geoffrey Rush) retells the story of George VI's triumph over a speech defect from a more intimate, familial perspective. Simon Vance, familiar to many readers for his work on Stieg Larsson's novels, offers such a fluent and silky reading, it's as if he, too, had practiced his speechmaking with Logue. The audiobook's highlight is the recording of the speech delivered on September 3, 1939. Having been so lavishly informed of the struggles that went into the preparation of the speech, its delivery, the listener hears each pause and intonation with the greatest drama. A Sterling paperback. (Mar.)
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"Simon Vance . . . offers such a fluent and silky reading, it's as if he, too, had practiced his speechmaking with Logue. The audiobook's highlight is the recording of the speech delivered on September 3, 1939. Having been so lavishly informed of the struggles that went into the preparation of the speech, its delivery, the listener hears each pause and intonation with the greatest drama." —Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402786761
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
11/26/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
291,384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Simon Vance . . . offers such a fluent and silky reading, it's as if he, too, had practiced his speechmaking with Logue. The audiobook's highlight is the recording of the speech delivered on September 3, 1939. Having been so lavishly informed of the struggles that went into the preparation of the speech, its delivery, the listener hears each pause and intonation with the greatest drama." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Meet the Author

Peter Conradi's books include The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia's Most Brutal Serial Killer, Mad Vlad: Vladimir Zhirinovksy and the New Russian Nationalism, and Hitler's Piano Player.

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TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen the movie yet, but the trailer is full of scenes that are not in this book, so there must have been some Hollywood-itization of the story. I'm sure I will enjoy the movie. This book is just-the-facts biography of the Lionel Logue based on his diaries and his friendship with George VI. Excellent overview of information on the royal family, WWII and wonderful family photos. Logue was an interesting man who lived in interesting times, and I enjoyed reading this true-life account.
CourtneyBSLP More than 1 year ago
I read this as I anxiously awaited the movie to arrive in theaters. As a speech-language pathologist, I was especially anxious given the subject matter. This book really highlights the special relationship between these two men. And as anyone who works with those who stutter, so much of the therapeutic process is about building a comfortable, personal relationship. These individuals clearly had that in eachother, which is something in itself fascinating due to the differences in their backgrounds. A must read if you work in the speech-language field, have an interest in the British monarchy or just want a great true story of friendship.
summerlover2 More than 1 year ago
When I began reading this book I hated it. I thought it was a boring book of facts. But after seeing the movie and realizing what a pivotol moment this was in history I had to read the book. When I read the book I was pleasantly surprised. Mark Logue and Peter Conradi write the facts so you have the feeling of actually being there, unlike most non-fiction books. Also I was excited that the book covered more of this story than the movie. In conclusion this book tells the story of the king of england who overcomes an obstacle because of an ordinary man.
Onni More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book highly. As a fan of World History and American History, this was a perfect fit for me. This is an amazing story of the relationship between a specialist and his patient, one of whom happens to be a member of the royal family. Not only does the writer, explain the treatment methods, but also what is going on within the Royal Family at the time. It is certainly not about the gossip, but the strong relationship,"Bertie" has with his own family that gives him the motivation and strength to continue the therapy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to read a story about someone working hard and having their dreams come true. He had mentioned to me how the book, "The 50 Laws of Control", has helped him gained wisdom about the manipulations that people use to hold hard working people back. Another MUST READ!!!
Frt0587 More than 1 year ago
There are soooo many rave reviews about the movie version, so I wanted to read the book first. You read first hand how close Lionel and the King were and their relationship. I decided to read the introduction last and I got right into the book, the introduction should have been placed at the end, but due to all the footnotes I see why it may have been placed at the beginning. The book was a bit of a long read, and was kind of boring, but I did enjoy reading it. The book also is very factual. I admire Mark Logue telling the story of his grandfather. I think Lionel would be very proud of Mark and the portrayal of Lionel in the story. I would recommending this book. It is a good start to see how Logue and the King's relationship began and progress in the book in relation to how the movie portrays their relationship. I cannot wait to see the movie!
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An extremely well written book that deals with the personal travails and triumphs of a man in most trying circumstances. A man with. A sense of deep honor,abiding love of his family, and a worlld's depth of honour to his county and his people is revealed in this marvelous exploration of two men.....one, the King who stammers, the other, his speech therapist. It is an inncreibly touching story of a Man with indominatable spirit, and another who's dedicated work helped Him ascend to unthought of triumphs. This book was read in two long sessions over a weekend -- I literally could not tear myself away from it!!
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This book is really factual annd well written; but it's too focused in the bulks of boring biographical explanations and nearly unrelated WWII battles and not focused enough on the fascinating story of "How One Man Saved the British Monarchy".
Eniram_Lehcim More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable as well as entertaining. It left me with a warm feeling reading about a place in history and an enduring friendship between one of the most important people in England and a common man. It provided insight into the pressures of running a government during one of the worst periods in history and overcoming a physical challenge that could have been a traumatic setback in more ways than one. I came to feel about the characters and looked forward to getting back to reading like I look forward to seeing my own friends and co-workers. A comfortable and satisfying read.
lovesbooks78 More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie and want to learn more about the relationship between Logue and the King, read this book. It was very entertaining and insightful.
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Excellent for any history buff and for anyone who has a stammer. King George showed remarkable courage, and Logue an excellent teacher. It is too bad they put a story like this in"R" rated movie format. But I can understand why the Queen Mother didn't want this story told in her life time.
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