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The King's Speech [Paperback]

Peter Conradi , Mark Logue
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Nov. 30 2010

The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between an unknown and certainly unqualified speech therapist called Lionel Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman—he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless, it was Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into a man who was capable of being king. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI was always known) from his debilitating stammer and pathological nervousness in front of a crowd or microphone, it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed. Drawn from Logue's personal diaries, The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at the time of its greatest crisis. It throws extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men—and on the vital role the king's wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband's reputation and his career as king.

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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the kings speech Dec 1 2013
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My husband enjoyed the book on kindle with the sound on well written. We have seen the film enjoyed both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King Speaks March 12 2011
My title of this review is not a spelling error. Even though I haven't finished reading the book, I am impressed with the king's kindness, his appreciation and his abiltity to simply express those to Lionel Logue. Logue's grandson did a superb job of collecting photographs of letters which the king sent to him. All of those characteristics shine through. Too bad we can't see photos of Logue's to the king. Logue, as it came out in the movie, did not have any professional "accreditation" but he did have bags of experience. Logue's success, said his daughter-in-law, a psychiatrist and still living last year, was not due to his "techniques", but to the relationship that Logue established with the king. She said that Logue "was a super good daddy where George V had been a ghastly one".

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Intervention April 25 2011
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a story for the ages. Drawn from the personal diaries of Lionel Logue, an ex-pat Australian, this incredible account involves two men, from distinctly different walks of life, who came together on a heroic mission to change the course of history. One was a king with a very noticeable stammer, the other a commoner with training as an elocutionist and speech therapist. Their common goal was to deal with a speech impediment one had and the other promised to fix. This memoir covers the lives of both men as they worked together during the 1920s and 1930s to deal with the Duke of York's stammering tongue and its negative impact on his public service. The Duke (later to become George VI) is portrayed as a nervous, sometimes high-strung introvert who found it hard to live under a very domineering and critical father, George V. Under interesting circumstances, Logue stepped in and provided the critical diagnosis and subsequent coaching by which Albert, as duke and later king, would be able to address his people at crucial times. Little did the royal family know that, as a heir presumptive, the Duke of York would be thrust into the limelight as king under the most extraordinary circumstances starting with the death of his father and the eventual abdication of Edward, his brother. The authors, here, do a very effective job in capturing the moment when the mantle of regal authority was thrust on an easily overwhelmed and insecure individual. Logue's steadfast devotion in preparing the new king to face the rigors of public speaking is a tale with many inspiring behind-the-scene moments where coach and student worked together like an inseparable pair. Read more ›
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By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER

"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How one man "Saved the Monarchy" June 6 2011
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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