The King's Speech by Mark Logue
How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

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Lionel Logue was a self-taught and almost unknown Australian speech therapist. Yet it was this outgoing, amiable man who almost single-handedly turned the nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into one of Britain's greatest kings after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 over his love for Mrs Simpson.



The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the remarkable relationship between Logue and the haunted future King George VI, written with Logue's grandson and drawing exclusively from his grandfather Lionel's diaries and archive.



This is an astonishing insight into the House of Windsor at the time of its greatest crisis. Never before has there been such a portrait of the British monarchy seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.

 

About Mark Logue

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Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. He is a film maker and the custodian of the Logue Archive. He lives in London. Peter Conradi is an author and journalist. He works for the Sunday Times and his last book was Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl.
 
Published November 26, 2010 by Sterling. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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The King's Speech Production year: 2010 Countries: Rest of the world, UK Cert (UK): 15 Runtime: 118 mins Directors: Tom Hooper ...

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Hooper's film subtly suggests that Bertie has defiantly learned one thing from his ne'er-do-well brother: Logue is to be his very own Mrs Simpson, a commoner who has to be tolerated by the royals.

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The King's Speech Production year: 2010 Countries: Rest of the world, UK Cert (UK): 15 Runtime: 118 mins Directors: Tom Hooper ...

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The Telegraph

On the face of it, this stage version of The King’s Speech might seem surplus to requirements, just a cynical attempt to squeeze a few more quid out of the Oscar-winning movie.

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Suite 101

For example, when Logue suggests playing music while Bertie reads a passage from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet so as Bertie can't hear himself speak, Bertie dismisses it as a pointless exercise and queries how he is going to know what he is saying.

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Suite 101

The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi (published by Quercus in 2010, ISBN 9780857381101) is not the book of the film of the same name, but it tells the same story – that of George VI, his debilitating speech impediment and Lionel Logue, the self-taught Australian speech therapist who,...

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Common Sense Media

But in this film based on true events, the king finally finds an ally in Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian speech therapist who helps Bertie gain the confidence and will to overcome his fears and let his voice be heard, literally and metaphorically.

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DNA

However, perhaps because of subconscious bias, Mark Logue has strictly sketched his grandfather (Lionel) in monotone, unlike Bertie whose metamorphosis from being a shy Duke to a confident King has been traced well, even while documenting a chapter-wise narration much in the manner of a history b...

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The New Yorker

According to legend, George V once said, “My father was frightened of his mother, I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.” The George V of the movie, though bearish, is nowhere near as petrifying as that, while his wife, Queen ...

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Curious Book Fans

The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi is about Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, the man who helped King George VI overcome his stammer.

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