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

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A book by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi.

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Mark Logue
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History
Publisher: Sterling
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Commoner cures King

  • Feb 13, 2011
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Long before he became King George VI, long before he became the Duke of York, young Albert, son of King George V and great-grandson of the great Queen Victoria but known as Bertie to his immediate family, developed serious speech defect.  As a young man, Navy trainee, and royalty in waiting, the defect worsened to produce a shy, even retiring young man who would stammer severely on hard "k" sounds like the ones in this review title.

As the Oscar-nominated movie of 2010 and this book of the same title detail, Bertie found his cure in an expatriate Australian commoner living in London.  While he lacked formal credentials, Lionel Logue produced practical results working with the hardest speech defect cases, and when Bertie's wife Elizabeth (the beloved Queen Mum who lived a long and fruitful life until her death in 2002) introduced her husband to Logue, a professional and then personal relationship began and expanded that resulted in a King worthy of his name and his country.  

Mark Logue is Lionel's grandson, and wrote his story by finding, bringing together, and researching in Lionel's extensive collection of letters, clippings, and artifacts detailing the therapy and friendship.  While the book covers the same ground as the movie, it provides much more background on Lionel and his wife Myrtle, a powerful woman who assisted Lionel throughout his life and career.  The book also makes clear that the movie, to tell its story in audience-acceptable length, has compressed Logue's constant long-term support on many key speeches for more than a decade beginning in the mid 1930's into just a few key speeches.

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February 24, 2011
I didn't realize that there was a related book out. I'll have to check it out. It sounds fascinating!
 
February 22, 2011
Sounds like an interesting book. I saw the film and thought it was ok.
 
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