The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
The subject of a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one... show more
The subject of a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - amazingly he was an almost unknown, and certainly unqualified, speech therapist called Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed The Quack who saved a King'. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman - he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied, Duke of York into the man who was capable of becoming King. Had Logue not saved Bertie (as the man who was to become King George VI was always known) from his debilitating stammer, and pathological nervousness in front of a crowd or microphone, then it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed. The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue's unpublished personal diaries. They throw extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men - and the vital role the King's wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband's reputation and his career as King. The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.
Publish date: November 1st 2010
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
As the Duke of York a stammer was difficult to live with so a speech therapist was essential. However, many were consulted without results until Lionel Logue, who attributed his progress to the Duke’s hard work and the rapport they established. In fact, the two became not only patient and therapist,...
Readers, or listeners, expecting the same story as the movie version starring the inestimable Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush will be quite surprised. Mark Logue’s The King's Speech goes into much greater detail about the relationship between George VI and Lionel Logue, encompassing the greater part o...
I bought this on an impulse. Loved the movie, but I was very curious to know how much the sequence of events had been compromised for the sake of the plot arc. Turns out it was quite a bit, in that Bertie (George VI) gained his competence - and his confidence, by and large - quite a bit earlier than...
A book that I enjoyed very much, being a very good look at a friendship, the treatment for a disability, and one of the more interesting people of the twentieth century. Good notes, plenty of photos, and plenty to think about. Recommended.For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com...
Haven't seen the movie. Really enjoyed the book.