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

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The King's Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between an unknown and certainly unqualified speech therapist called Lionel Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI. Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman—he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless, it was Logue who single-handedly turned the famously nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into a man who was capable of being 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, it is almost certain that the House of Windsor would have collapsed. Drawn from Logue's personal diaries, The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at the time of its greatest crisis. It throws extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men—and on 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.

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PETER CONRADI is an author and journalist. He works for The Sunday Times. His most recent book is Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl.

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“Based on a treasure trove of royal letters, appointment cards and photographs, a new book on the remarkable life of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue fills many of the gaps left by the hit film The King's Speech." - Edmonton Journal

“The forgotten king is emerging from the shadows, thanks in no small part to the film The King's Speech and the book of the same name by Peter Conradi and Mark Logue, grandson of the monarch's speech therapist, Lionel Logue" - Maclean’s

“His scribbled reminiscences and elegant letters - highlights of which are published here for the first time - offer an intimate insight into the Royal family throughout some of the most turbulent years of the last century." - The Daily Telegraph

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