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The King's Speech by Mark Logue
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Apr 26, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-nonfiction
Read in March, 2011

The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, by Mark Logue, and Peter Conradi, narrated by Simon Vance, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from audible.com.

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. The Duke of York, brother to King Edward, had a problem with stuttering from a very young age. Even before his brother abdicated the throne, it was clear that the Prince of York would need to speak to the public in a kingly manner. A speech therapist from Australia, Lionel Logue, contacted the royal family stating that he felt that the prince could be made to speak without stuttering-that it was a physical mechanical problem which required a change in breatheing habits. The prince worked very hard and diligently for a couple of years, and his speech became increasingly better and less hesitant. Then the king abdicated, and it was necessary for him to immediately take the throne. Logue was at his side helping him to practice his speeches, exchanging more difficult words which might cause stammering for easier ones. Logue was with him from the time he took the throne, and through the entire second World War. The king and Logue communicated by letter through the years. They became friends as well as tutor and pupil, through all the years. It was from Logue’s letters and diaries that his grandson collected the information for this book. Bonus: this audio includes a recording of George VI's historic speech announcing to the British people the United Kingdom's 1939 declaration of war with Germany.

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