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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

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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Escellent! May 26 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. However, the reason I ordered it was that I had seen the movie, and that gets 5 stars easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the kings speech Dec 1 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Paperback
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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