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

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The King's Speech was written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue—grandson of Lionel Logue, whose recently discovered diaries and correspondence contain fascinating details about these true events.

At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known 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 ...

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Overview

The King's Speech was written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue—grandson of Lionel Logue, whose recently discovered diaries and correspondence contain fascinating details about these true events.

At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known 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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"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
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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Based on the recently discovered diaries of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue and shot to prominence with the 2010 Academy Award-winning film adaptation, The King's Speech is written by Logue's grandson and London Sunday Times journalist Conradi. It tells how Logue taught King George VI, then the Duke of York, to overcome a serious speech impediment and effectively deliver addresses to his subjects. Narrator Simon Vance (see Behind the Mike, LJ 11/15/08) delivers an outstanding performance, convincingly evoking the mood and spirit of the era. As a bonus, a complete recording of one of the king's wartime speeches is included. Recommended for historians and anyone who enjoys uplifting, true-life tales. [See Audio NewsBriefs, LJ 3/1/11; the Sterling pb original was recommended for "anyone interested in biography, the royal family, or the movie," LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/7/11.—Ed.]—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452651309
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Conradi is a veteran journalist, an editor for the Sunday Times, and the author of several popular biographies, including the critically acclaimed Hitler's Piano Player.

The grandson of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to the Duke of York, Mark Logue is a writer, filmmaker, and the custodian of the Logue Archive.

Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 God Save the King 1

2 The 'common colonial' 13

3 Passage to England 33

4 Growing Pains 45

5 Diagnosis 65

6 Court Dress with Feathers 79

7 The Calm Before the Storm 91

8 Edward VIII's 327 Days 105

9 In the Shadow of the Coronation 121

10 After the Coronation 129

11 The Path to War 145

12 'Kill the Austrian House Painter' 157

13 Dunkirk and the Dark Days 171

14 The Tide Turns 187

15 Victory 203

16 The Last Words 219

Notes 230

Index 233

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Here's the history behind the movie

    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.

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Great read! Loved it!

    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.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Praise for the King's Speech

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Terrific Book, especially for history buffs!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Good book!

    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!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Good factual read, boring at times.

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Okay book

    In my opinion the book was a little dry with not much depth.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Superb! Sublime! An in-depth look at the Court and a struggling king and his family

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    It was more of a thick biography than the story of how one man saved the British monarchy

    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".

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Reader Friendly, Comforting

    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.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Very good

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Excellent

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Excellant History & Personal Account

    An interesting story of an tumultuous time. I wish there had been more detail of Logue's techniques but he didn't record them. I enjoyed the detailed history of the events of the period. I found the relationship between Logue and George VI to be almost bitter sweet. Logue's life long devotion to his King is something I hope isn't lost in today's world. I felt the story was an excellent window into the pressures of life of the ruling British Monarch during wartime. A good read for history buffs, but especially for those in the speech pathology or therapy fields.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Excellent read

    After seeing the movie, I decided I'd like to know more about the story and history. The book was interesting, well written and indeed allowed me know learn more about this interesting part of history.

    If you liked the movie and want to learn more, then I highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Loved the movie and this book completes the picture of an extraordinary relationship. The photos are the icing on the cake!

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Fascinating look at two extraordinary men

    Loved the movie so checked out the book. This is a page turner read into the lives of two men seldom credited with their deserved place in history. Fortunately I had a free day to enjoy giving it my undivided attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    Liked it - wasn't totally blown away

    Great story during a captivating time in history. Well done, but a slower read for me.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Fantastic

    A very factual and inspiring book-one I highly recommend!

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    great book

    worth to read

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Enjoyable Reading

    I borrowed this book from my daughter through Lend Me. I found it to be an enjoyable read, especially if you like and/or appreciate the British style of English. Born and raised in the USA, I appreciated the bit of insight the book provided into the British Monarchy. Now I want to rent or get the DVD of the movie so I can compare the two.

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