The King's Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel LoguePaperback
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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 141g
- Publication date: 1 May 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857381113
- ISBN 13: 9780857381118
- Illustrations note: 2 x 8pp b and w plate sections
- Sales rank: 7,737
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of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries.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.
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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.
By Tania Hyde 18 Aug 2014
An excellent co-mingling of biographies of two great men. I was however disappointed by the "notes" section at the back - it should be renamed Bibliography.
By Karen Crawford 05 Jun 2011
I read this book before seeing the highly acclaimed film.
I find the book more of a story about Lionel Logue, given it is written by his grandson, than about the King.
So it has a slightly different take to the film.
Table of contents
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.