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

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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...more
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Published February 28th 2011 by Tantor Media (first published 2010)
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Cathy
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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Book on CD read by Simon Vance
3.5***

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...more
Heather
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...more
Sarah Payok
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...more
Isabel
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.
Espec...more
Mom
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.
Jeannette
I really enjoyed this biography of both George VI and Lionel Logue. This goes beyond the story in the film. It was a pleasant read, based on documents from Lionel Logue's papers. Lots of excerpts from letters between George and Lionel, and Lionel's diary entries. It shows the close relationship they had, and how much Lionel did for the king.
Wendy
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...more
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
Autumn
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."
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...more
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...more
Gerry
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...more
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...more
Wayne
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...more
Roberta
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
Tracey
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...more
The Parchment Review
To copy and paste a review from my blog, The Parchment Review (http://parchmentreviews.wordpress.com/) 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...more
Gil
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...more
ayrdaomei
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...more
Tami
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...more
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 &...more
Jaclyn
I cannot adequately express how much I loved film version of The King's Speech. To give you a little perspective though - I walked out of the theater rhapsodizing about how amazing the story, the acting, the casting, etc, etc. was. I rhapsodized all the way to Barnes and Noble where I proceeded to buy this book. While I loved the movie more, this book was a great history of two men brought together by a speech impediment.

This is not a book for everyone. It is a dry recitation of chronological e...more
Kevin
I didn't see the movie, so these comments are based strictly on listening to the audio book. The CD includes a recording of the speech delivers by King George VI shortly after his coronation and when war was declared on Germany in 1939. The king grew up with a stutter before treatments for speech disorders were in the formative stages. the book is written by the grandson of Lionel Logue, who was a pioneer in speech therapy and worked diligently with the king when he was still a Duke. It is based...more
Riah
Written by Lionel Logue's grandson, the book is part 1850s-1950s British history and part description of Logue's relationship with his speech student, the King. Given both those pieces, I expected it to be far more riveting than it was. I felt like the writing style was too dry to give the material the energy it deserved.

My favourite parts of the book were the occasional glimpses into the royal family's relationships - for example, the King's father's devotion to the King's new wife Elizabeth....more
Amanda
I watched the movie a few years ago, when it was released and really enjoyed it. When I heard, there was also a book that explained, more on the friendship between the king and Lionel Logue, I really wanted to read it. I am so glad, that I finally did. It's an excellent story. This is an very interesting time in history for the monarch, and a period in time that really interests me. I loved the writing style the authors used for writing it. It wasn't too dry were it felt like someone was lecturi...more
Colleen
This is another example of a fascinating topic which is marred by bad writing. I presume Mark Logue had less to do with the problem than his co-writer Peter Conradi. Their trouble is compounded by the fact that the project was so obviously rushed to print in order to feed off the release of the terrific film of the same name. It's a shame, really. I won't nitpick, since it's been too many months since I finished, but I recall that on many occasions entire phrases were repeated within pages, even...more
Karin
Wonderful story and very well told too.

Australian-born Lional Logue ends up in England doing speech therapy. The not-going-to-be-King second born prince has a speech problem. Several people had tried to help him with no apparent success. Then he goes to meet Lionel and they work together with breathing exercises etc. The Prince's speeches become better and he is well-satisfied with his own progress. It seems Lionel's services are not needed anymore.

Then fate and his brother's actions intervene....more
Maggie
A quick, interesting read. Delves into both the lives of Lionel Logue and George VI and shows their interaction and how Logue's speech therapy allowed George VI to perform a very integral part of his job, which would have been severely curtailed or completely ended if Logue had not been successful. Well written, but a bit light on the historical facts (which, I believe was intentional). A fun few hours spent learning about something I'd never before considered as an historical issue.
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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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