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The King's Speech : How One Man Saved The British Monarchy - Mark Logue

The King's Speech

How One Man Saved The British Monarchy

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Published: 1st November 2010
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The King's Speech book forms the basis of a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter.

One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century – amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed ‘The Quack who saved a King’. Logue wasn’t a British aristocrat or even an Englishman – he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI had always been known) from his debilitating stammer, and pathological nervousness in front of a crowd or microphone, then it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed.

The King’s Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue’s unpublished personal diaries. The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.

About The Authors

Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. He is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive. He lives in London.

Peter Conradi is an author and journalist. He works for the Sunday Times.

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    4.0

    Well researched info re the royal family plus protocols

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      a great read

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        the book and the film were equally enjoyable

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          A book well worth purchasing and reading, Excellent reading for people interested in the period.

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          Acknowledgements

          Introduction

          God Save the King

          The 'common colonial'

          Passage to England

          Growing Pains

          Diagnosis

          Court Dress with Feathers

          The Calm Before the Storm

          Edward VIII's 327 Days

          In the Shadow of the Coronation

          After the Coronation

          The Path to War

          'Kill the Austrian House Painter'

          Dunkirk and the Dark Days

          The Tide Turns

          Victory

          The Last Words

          Notes

          Index

          ISBN: 9780857381101
          ISBN-10: 0857381105
          Audience: Professional
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 242
          Published: 1st November 2010
          Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 21.600 x 13.500  x 1.900
          Weight (kg): 0.339
          Edition Number: 1