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The King's Speech : Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue - Mark Logue

The King's Speech

Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue

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Published: 28th April 2011
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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. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied, Duke of York into the man who was capable of becoming 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, 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of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries.

They throw extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men - and 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. 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 and his last book was Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl.

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A case of life is greater than fiction

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  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Well researched
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The King's Speech:

    The book is much more comprehensive than the movie, based on notes and journals by the main characters. A great insight into royal life as well as speech therapy.

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    Based on diary and journal extracts, the book does, at times, become a little tedious; however, the information regarding the Royal family, Lionel Logue and the period in which they lived is of particular interest.

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    Acknowledgments. 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: 9780857381118
    ISBN-10: 0857381113
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 242
    Published: 28th April 2011
    Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.9
    Weight (kg): 0.187
    Edition Number: 1