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The King's Speech by Mark Logue
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May 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

In 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne after less than a year in order to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, leaving his shy younger brother, the Duke of York, to pick up the pieces of the monarchy. Unfortunately, the new king, George VI, had a speech problem--a stutter--that left him terrfied to speak in public. Luckily, the Duchess of York had heard about the success of an Australian immigrant, Lionel Logue, who used breathing techniques and confidence-building exercises to help individuals overcome speech problems. Logue was already working with the Duke of York when Edward VIII abdicated and helped the new king find confidence in his ability to speak both in public and in front of a microphone while making radio broadcasts. In the process of working with George VI, the two men forged a strong friendship that lasted until George VI's death in 1952. This book was written by Lionel Logue's grandson and is based, in large part, on Logue's diaries. This book is a good example of how books and movies differ. I loved the movie, but definitely prefer the book.

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