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The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy Paperback – November 26, 2010
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The "quack" who saved a king... Featuring a star-studded cast of Academy Award winners and nominees, The King's Speech won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award and is generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
This official film tie-in is written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue--grandson of Lionel Logue, one of the movie's central characters.
It's the eve of World War II, and King Edward VIII has abdicated the throne of England to marry the woman he loves. Never has the nation needed a leader more. But the new monarch, George VI--father of today's Queen Elizabeth II--is painfully shy and cursed with a terrible stammer. How can he inspire confidence in his countrymen when he cannot even speak to them? Help arrives in speech therapist Logue, who not only is a commoner, but Australian to boot. Will he be able to give King George his voice?
The King's Speech tells an inspiring tale of triumph over adversity and the unlikely friendship between a reluctant king and the charismatic subject who saved the throne.
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I thought it was going to be a lot of boring details about the two men but it was an enjoyabe story that goes through their friendship that started out as a doctor patien relationship. It adds a lot of depth into the movie.
Because there is always so much that can not be put into a movie without it lasting 10 hours, the book fills in a lot of gaps. It also puts a human side of the King amd Queen and their family. It shows how most people do not see royality as regular people, This book shows how they are just as normal as the rest of us, just have a different job.
It explains how King GeorgeVI feared the idea of public speaking and how he was able to overcome that with the help of Louge and how their friendship grew because of it.
I would recommend this book to any one who like stories about the Royal Family. It explains what is expected of them and how they try to just be regular people. It is a very good read. Very much worth the money. Even a book you may want to read more than once.
Albert, son of King George V and younger brother of Edward VIII, had developed a stammer during his youth, which made him shy and uncommunicative. As someone who has struggled all my life with a relatively mild stutter, I thought it was good that Mark Logue did not attribute the cause of Bertie's stammer to any one thing. Stuttering is an impediment which seems to arise from both/either physical and psychological reasons and most of the time cannot be properly ascribed to any one thing. In Bertie's case, it was possibly from a difficult youth. He and his siblings were not close to their parents - as was common in those days - and his parents seemed to rather scare him when they were together. A sadistic nanny and the changing of his left-handedness to right may have contributed to his stutter. In any case, he was a man who could not always control his own speech, and he was moving into some situations where he would be called on to speak publicly and to do so often.
After his marriage, Bertie consulted Lionel Logue who had emigrated to England from Australia with his wife and young family and set up a practice in speech therapy in London's Harley Street. After much practice, Bertie was able to give speeches, but he depended on Lionel Logue's continued help as he became king - first in peacetime and then in wartime. The many speeches by radio that George was called on to make in the 25 or so years of his rule were always difficult for him, but Logue's work made them bearable to the king. Logue and George VI became friends - of a sort - because of their work together.
Mark Logue and Peter Conradi were able to look through Lionel Logue's case files and put together a very good record of Logue's work with George VI. Whether Lionel Logue "saved the monarchy" is a bit in doubt, but he did give confidence and success to the George VI when he - and the nation and the Commonwealth - needed it the most.
A note to the authors - Wallis Simpson was from an old Baltimore, Maryland family, not a Pennsylvania one.
Twenty-first Century Americans are used to the idea that speech therapy can help people overcome problems that 75 years ago would isolate individuals. But when Queen Elizabeth's father was confronted with the necessity of speaking in public, the help he needed was only in its infancy.
Therefore, this story is not only about a great King. It is also about the beginnings of a valuable medical adjunct.
The book is an excellent read, both on it's own and as a companion to the movie of the same name. The viewpoint of the book is mostly of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist, as it is based on his diaries. However, the letters from the King that were also preserved by him provide some idea of how the King viewed his relationship. It's matter of fact style might put off some people, but the complete absence of drama increases the effectiveness of the story being told. The truth, unvarnished, is often more compelling than any fiction can possibly be.