The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy Paperback – Nov 30 2010
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“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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
It is a marvellous account of courage on both sides, of persistence and a willingness to admit the need for help. And engagingly written. It is accessible. I suspect that the style of writing comes from Peter Conradi who, Mark Logue, in the tradition of his grandfather, acknowledges as the one who put it all together. Buy the book, see the film, a much needed example for our own day of a peristent relationship.
"Britain and the world would never have heard the voice of King George the Sixth [1895 to 1952] but for one man, and that man alone knows all the secrets of the King's dramatic and courageous struggle to conquer his stammer."
He is Mr. Lionel Logue [1880 to 1953]. Australian-born...specialist in curing speech defects."
The above comes from this fascinating book by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. He is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive. Conradi is an author and journalist.
This book details events before and goes beyond where the movie (of the same name) ends in 1939, to the deaths of the King and Lionel Logue in the 1950s. It clarifies what REALLY happened. That is, this book is much more factual than the movie (which is to be expected).
What I especially enjoyed about this book is the use of the actual words used by Lionel Logue and others interspersed throughout the narrative. The authors says it best with respect to Logue:
"The tone, not just of Logue's letters, but also of entries in his diary, both of which have been quoted extensively in this book, reveal a deep respect not just for the King as a person but also for the institution of monarchy."
I also appreciated the pictures throughout this book. There are two sets of actual black and white pictures of this time period. One set of sixteen pictures is found at the end of chapter three while the second set of eighteen pictures is found at the beginning of chapter ten. The quotation that titles this review and the quotation that begins this review comes from a picture of a Feb. 10, 1952 newspaper found in the second set. As well, each chapter title page has a picture.Read more ›
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The delivery was prompt, and the merchandise was in top condition. The Wrong Box was for a gift, and I haven't had a review from the recipient. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dorothee Harmon
My husband enjoyed the book on kindle with the sound on well written. We have seen the film enjoyed both.Published on Dec 1 2013 by freda newton