The King's Speech

The King's Speech

[how One Man Saved the British Monarchy]

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780143178545
Branch Call Number: 941 .084 LOG
Characteristics: xiv, 242 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Conradi, Peter


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Apr 23, 2015

Interesting piece of historical trivia involving monarchs and the British preoccupation with them and minutia of their lives.

Feb 04, 2015

Beautifully read by Simon Vance. Even his Australian accents were alright, probably quite accurate for the period (the accent has changed since then).

Nov 16, 2014

The movie of the same name is not an adaptation of this book - rather, the book was written to accompany the film. It goes into a much longer association between Lionel Logue and George VI than in the film, one that ran for more than 25 years. Shocking is the abuse George experienced at the hands of his parents for having a stutter. Also of note is how Logue was at the forefront to try to stop imposters who claimed they were speech therapists but were anything but. Also of interest is the role of George's wife Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in getting him to face forward. A good story about a long downplayed relationship that ended up playing a vital role during World War II.

Nov 10, 2014

Historic and inspiring story made into an Oscar-winning movie.

KateHillier Sep 21, 2014

If you liked the film you'll enjoy the book if only to understand what was fictionalized and maybe the reasons why. There are decades of work here that Logue and the King put in - which is mentioned at the end of the film but it's nice to see here. If you're already familiar with the history of the period you'll find yourself skipping bits and just focusing on events through the eyes of the Logues (diaries from both Lionel and his wife Myrtle are here) as well as any other contemporaries or papers - the King and Logue kept up very regular correspondence and Logue even spent Christmas with them. Yes there was a radio broadcast to make but still.

As a semi-regular stutterer (I was much worse as a child) who really loved this movie to bits, I'd say it's worth the read. Don't go in expecting a biography though; it's really a summation of facts above anything else.

bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

This book is deftly written non-fiction. Although not a definitive biography of either Lionel Logue or George VI, it neatly covers the lives of both men and the unique relationship that existed between an expat Australian speech therapist and the King of England against the backdrop of the historical period. A fascinating read and definitely one of interest for anyone who enjoyed the film.

May 11, 2012

The book was not as good as the movie (which is rare in my opinion) but it was still worth reading all the details about the relationship between the King and his speech therapist.

begnrmind1 Jan 24, 2012

Biography of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to the future King George from the 1930's to his death in 1952? when Elizabeth II became queen. This biography offers intriguing glimpse of the lives of the real people behind the film characters of therapist and King. Letters are included. Film won Oscars.

Dec 07, 2011

A true account the real relationship between two very different people who also happen to be patient and therapist. Details come from the actual diary record of Logue and some of the royal family that shed light onto a time period that must have been very challenging to live through for both men.

Oct 26, 2011

I really liked it. While the movie only looked at one aspect of King George VII's and Logue's relationship, this book had a more complete look at their relationship and also looked more deeply at Logue's background and how he influenced the emerging field of Speech Therapy. Excellent read.

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