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The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  4,270 ratings  ·  722 reviews
The King's Speech was written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue—grandson of Lionel Logue, whose recently discovered diaries and correspondence contain fascinating details about these true events.

At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desper
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Published February 28th 2011 by Tantor Media (first published 2010)
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Diane Librarian
I wanted to read this because I had really enjoyed the movie version and was curious how much of the events in the film had been fictionalized. Surprisingly, the movie was fairly accurate.

Mark Logue, who is the grandson of speech therapist Lionel Logue, used family scrapbooks, journals and letters to create this account of Lionel's experience helping the Duke of York (later known as King George VI) with his lifelong stammer. The two men became friends, which seemed to comfort the Duke as he trie
4.5 stars. I expected to skim the book to see what the real story behind the movie was, where the movie differed from reality, and maybe a bit more info about Logue. But I ended up reading every word! Let me be clear though, this is not the story of the movie. It's a shame that the cover has a picture from the film. I know it's good for sales, but it's misleading for people who will expect a similar narrative story. The movie was the dramatization of some of the events in the book. It covered a ...more
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Subtitled: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but Lionel Logue certainly seemed to have saved at least one monarch. At the urging of his wife Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as “Bertie”) began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue for help in overcoming a lifelong stammer. His father, King George V, insisted that his sons begin to take on more royal responsibilities, and the introduction of radio
I loved the movie The King's Speech, which is why I bought this book. Now...I still like the movie, but I don't really love it anymore. This is one of those times when the real story outstrips the movie version by lengths, I think. Of course, not everyone will agree with me, but that's all right. Differences of opinion make the world interesting, as that one fellow said. Can't remember who.

Anyway, I really, really liked this book, in spite of the dry, documentary, 'so-and-so wrote this, and so-a
Jane (PS)
4.5 stars

What a great story - made more impressive/interesting by the fact that it is true. I'm not a history, royalty or war buff, with limited interest in those topics, so perhaps this is part of the reason why I found this personal history so absorbing. I loved the very detailed and intimate writings about some of the 20th Centuries most notable figures, include Edward and Mrs Simpson.

I loved the portrayal of Bertie and Elizabeth. Some of the earlier information was pretty confusing. Not only
Lionel Logue ist ein Sprachtherapeut, der mit voller Liebe und Hingabe sich um seine Patienten bemüht und sein bekanntester Patient ist der spätere britische König George VI.. Was als normale Patienten-Therapeuten Beziehung beginnt, wandelt sich im Laufe der Jahre zu einer tiefen Männerfreundschaft, die voll gegenseitigem Respekt ist.

Wer den Film ‚The King’s Speech‘ gesehen hat, wird sich vielleicht für die reale Geschichte hinter der Kinoversion interessieren und wird hier bestens informiert.
two and a half stars
-as the author stated the movie was a biopic, not a documentary and this book served to related how Logue's life intersected with the life of the King based on his papers and diaries
-it's a dry, chronological summary of Logue's life and has the added benefit of suppling his reactions and feelings about the King. It was clear that both men respected one another and had a unique and generous friendship.
-after i saw the movie i read about 1500 pages of biographies on the queen m
Sarah Beaudoin
I am not sure which came first, the movie or the book (even the author's introduction is ambivalent on this point) but each version of The King's Speech tell a slightly different version of the same great story. King George VI had a terrible speech impediment and after no success with countless doctors, enlisted the help of Australian Lionel Logue, a self taught speech therapist and elocutionist, to train him to speak correctly.

The book The King's Speech is written by Lionel Logue's grandson, Ma
That was a lovely quick read. Thoroughly enjoyed it and although it, once more, showed how much films are changed to make things more dramatic, it still made me feel warm and fuzzy about the film.
Oh, and I had to make myself remember over and over that CF was *not* the king but the one whose photos and moments on film I've seen often enough. You see, I was forever picturing CF while reading the book.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book for those who watched the film already and loved it.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and full of interesting information. I learned a lot about the second World War that I didn't know and clarified things that I did. It's a great companion to other books that I have read about World War II and the Royal family.
Marc Maitland
Having seen the film recently, and having been thoroughly moved by it, and enjoyed every minute of it, reading the book of the same name seemed an obvious choice! I was not disappointed.

Firstly, the book is not a screenplay for the film, nor is it simply a biography of Lionel Logue, C.V.O., the Australian speech therapist who helped King George VI overcome his speech difficulties and became a loyal and valued friend in the process. The book seems to have been devised at the same time as the film
Ray Campbell
This is not a novelization. This is a biography of Lionel Logue by his grandson. Inevitably, the book is also a study and biography of King George VI. The story begins in Australia during the 19th century when Logue was born. Logue's story is interesting since he travels the world before settling in London and beginning the speech therapy practice which ultimately leads to his work with the king. The bulk of the book covers the years Logue worked with the king since it was also the bulk of his l ...more
Wow. I did not see that coming. enjoying this memoir while finding that strength that often fails me to keep going.

It was enlightening to read how Bertie found his own voice, by conquering his own shadows. I also admired the tenacity of his wife Elizabeth and the infallible faith that Lionel transmitted to the ppl that needed most.

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying. .."I will try again tomorrow."
This was an incredible story - the unlikely bond between these two men and the ways they helped each other was truly touching. I love the movie, but the book added so much more depth and context. At times, I was overwhelmed by the details and dates, but for the most part it was clear to follow. If you have any interest in the monarchy, WWII, speech therapy, or even just unlikely friendships, I recommend this book.
John Bicknell
This book works as a nice companion to the movie, providing more information about both Lionel Logue and King George VI, how they came together and what it took to accomplish the makeover of the king's speech defect.

Using Lionel Logue's diaries, the author (Logue's grandson) fills in the details of the speech therapist's biography, and also briskly gives us a "life ands times" portrait of King George VI.

The movie necessarily telescoped events and set up a single, grand triumph (and incidentally
Mary Anne
I am one of those who really liked the film The King's Speech. And not just because I am so fond of Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. I really liked the story of the film, and I found this book (in audible format) some time ago and thought it might be a fun read.

One of the things that you need to understand about this book is that it's nonfiction and based on all available news clippings, letters, biographies, and diary entries. It's quite impressive that Mark Logue (grandson
Al Bità
A rather pedestrian presentation of otherwise comparatively unknown personal events at a time of great crisis in the world, this book seems to rely only on well-researched material from private diaries not normally accessible to the general public. Extra incisive commentary seems lacking. Nevertheless, the book is easy to read, and I'm sure many will find it enjoyable enough.

For me, the most interesting aspects of the book are its probably unwitting revelations about societal customs of the time
Lionel Logue is not a name that was very familiar to many of us but 'The King's Speech' puts that little matter right as he was undoubtedly the man who helped make George VI into the excellent King that he was.

When Logue first encountered the then Duke of York, that gentleman's speech was poor as he stammered and paused so often that it was embarrassing for him. And his father George V would often lose patience with him and chastise him, which only made the Duke of York worse.

Logue was born in A
Teri Kelly

The quack who weren't a quack saved the House of Windsor(again), gor blimey strike me pink he did he d-d-d-did. True enough, Lionel Logue, expat Aussie, part-time treader of the boards and unlicensed speech therapist (having taught shell-shocked Aussie WWI vets to talk again) found himself inadvertently thrust into the role of the King's (stutterer George VI) ventriloquist. And a hansome job he made of it too. Proving along the way that paper credentials are worth nothing, and that the patient/t
Feb 04, 2011 Wayne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone...members of dysfunctional families, royals and royalists, stammerers,
Recommended to Wayne by: an article on the film
Having read the book and seen the film, can safely say YES to both.
The book -an interesting footnote to history and a much more significant film with fine acting, direction and production and a wonderful blend of humour and humanity in the script. It certainly deserves any awards it gets, whereas the book would not win any awards,which does not make it any the less an interesting historical document.

But this is a book review not a film review....SO: - interesting but occasionally unaware of itse
It was impossible to read this book without picturing the main characters as Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush! But it was Lionel Logue, the speech teacher, who most fascinated me and my favorite parts of the book were the ones in which his personal story emerged. His first inkling about the direction in which he should head with a career was his high school fascination with the rhythm in Longfellow's poem, The Song of Hiawatha. Interest in elocution was high as entertainment in this time of no tele ...more
Karen (Kew)
I love history so really enjoyed reading this account. It is written by Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark. He has access to hundreds of letters, diary entries, photographs and newspaper clippings which Lionel Logue had collected throughout his career - as well as access to family memories. This makes the book a very accurate and personal account. You will not find out details of how Logue treated the king however, as he never wrote up the case; nor did he set out his methods for curing speech impedi ...more
Really enjoyed this book. It gave a much bigger insight to the life of not only Lionel Logue but also King George VI ( Bertie).It starts with the life of Lionel in Australia , and copntinues to the time they come to London.
From this time, you get to see how the relationship as speech therapist to the king changes into a life lasting friendship and how Logue is in a supportive role.
The biography is interesting not only because of the friendship, but also the historical period and the troubles t
I picked this book up because I enjoyed the movie so much and also because the theme for this month's History of Royals' group read is the Windsors and this book fit the bill. It was a good and quick read. The book reads like a double biography of King George VI and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Both men get equal coverage in the book. Its quite a fascinating look into the emerging field of speech therapy as well as the British monarchy leading up to mid-20th century. It does a good job of ...more
The Parchment Review
To copy and paste a review from my blog, The Parchment Review ( this is what I think of it:

The King’s Speech, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, is a non-fiction account of King George VI and his battle with stammering, helped by his friend and speech therapist, Lionel Logue. But of course, anyone who’s seen the movie already knows this.

King George VI of England had a terrible speech defect where he couldn’t stop stammering when speaking. This was obviously
This month, I'm reading books that my favorite films were based on. Since Wayne's World, Dumb and Dumber, Tommy Boy, and Wedding Crashers aren't based on books or actual documented events, I'm settling for The Power of One, Cinderella Man, Invictus, and now The King's Speech.

Unlike most other books, this book was not the book the movie was based on, rather, this book was inspired by the movie. It's almost like the author agreed to give his uncle's papers up in exchange for the rights to write t
This was the listening pick for my drive to and from New York yesterday. An excellent choice as it turned out!

As a huge fan of the film, I loved all the context and background this added. I think the subtitle to this is a bit misleading - this book is really much more about Lionel and the Duke, who they were as people, and their relationship. Saving the british monarchy/schmaving the british monarchy. But this is just full of fascinating insights into the Duke (later King George VI) and Lionel
I'd give it 3 1/2 stars. Although the story itself was interesting, I didn't care for the writing style, which made it hard to get through the book. The author seemed intent on referencing every letter exchanged between the king and his therapist, rather than to summarize events or years as sometimes needed.

While Logue obviously greatly helped the king, I wouldn't go so far as to say he saved the British monarchy (as the title states). Still it is encouraging to see how King George's speech impr
Rachel G
My interest on King George was peaked by the recent movie of the same name, but I was unprepared for the wealth of knowledge and interest this book contained. This book was written by Lionel Logue's grandson, based on diaries & letters of the period.

Lionel Logue was a speech therapist who helped King George VI of England with his stuttering before he took the throne, and also with his speech writing/editing once he was made King. Their relationship turned into an odd friendship as King &
This book is an historical account. Very different from the movie. The book draws information from diary and journal entries from the King and Mr. Logue as well as other key players. So it is a true account of events. I was interested to see the relationship between the two men and hear about events in their own words especially throughout the war. If you are a fan of the movie and want more information then I recommend the book. For those of you who pick up the book expecting it to be like the ...more
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“When the fresh patient comes to me the usual query is: "Will I be able to speak like the King?" and my reply is: "Yes, if you will work like he does." [says Lionel Logue]” 3 likes
“Every public speaker likes his hearer to imagine his oratory as an unpremeditated gift of nature, and not the result of prolonged and patient study [Lionel Logue said]” 1 likes
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