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The King's Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue (English Edition) par [Logue, Mark, Peter Conradi]
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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 273 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (25 novembre 2010)
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Par murray le 14 janvier 2013
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C'est un cadeau de noel pour mon mari anglais, il a adoré , j'ai acheté aussi le DVD, en VO , belle histoire , Bertie et son prof de diction tout à fait surprenant , quel culot de parler au futur roi comme ça,,un très bon moment , drole émouvant
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Complete Story of the Events Dramatized by the Award Winning Film 27 avril 2013
Par MereChristian - Publié sur
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One of my favorite movies from the past few years was The King's Speech. The film tells the story of the unlikely friendship between King George VI and his speech therapist Lionel Logue. On the recommendation of a friend, I picked up the book of the same name written by Logue's grandson and professional writer Peter Conradi. Unlike the movie, which just focuses on the period between shortly before the succession crisis, up through the one of the first main speeches given by the new king, the book was far more expansive. It basically chronicles the lives of both men, with emphasis on the relationship they would go on to develop.

I want to emphasize that this is not a knock on the absolutely superb film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush as George the VI and Logue respectively. Different mediums have different strengths. The movie better showed us the young king's struggles, and his burgeoning relationship with his therapist and later friend; while the book showed us the depth of that friendship via excerpts from diaries, letters, and so on. Also, the movie took some liberties with history, compressing the time frame, changing certain aspects of the characters roles, and made the older brother, the brief-King Edward, much more villainous than in real life. The admiration for Hitler was far more widespread than one would like to think, though Edward and his mistress (and future wife) Wallis Sampson did maintain it longer than most, including his younger brother/future king and Winston Churchill. Despite this, the movie was a pretty good portrayal of the friendship of this king and his therapist. The book was simply more historically correct and expansive in details.

What perhaps made the book all the more riveting to me is how the author did not try to sugar-coat or make some aspects of the life in Britain in certain period look better. There was a deplorable "system" for raising children among the British upper classes in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, and a very significant class consciousness was drilled into the people of the time. I have heard some allege that there is still some class consciousness in the U. K. today, and I have no clue for sure if that is true. If it is true, it was, according to the author, even more so at the time.

If anything, this made the events of the book even more poignant. Logue and King George had a friendship that would be unusual for folks from such differing backgrounds even now, and at the time was something to behold. In a way, that friendship was the foundation of the king's success. In Logue, the king had many things rolled into one: therapist, voluntary speech editor, moral support, representative of the commoners, and most importantly, friend.

Of course, the wives of these two men were indispensable. It is not for naught that it was noted that the king spoke better with his wife's support and attention. And for Logue, his wife Myrtle played a key role as well. He had a support in her that lasted for nearly forty years. After her death, he lived a life of some sadness during the rest of his time on this mortal coil.

At the end, the two men, king and commoner, friends, died within months of each other. After the immediate headlines faded away, they were not thought of much, outside of historical references, until the Academy Award-winning film, The King's Speech, came out in theaters. Yet the impact on history of this incredibly unlikely friendship can not be underestimated. Next to Churchill, the speeches during World War II of George the VI kept the morale of the Empire, and many other countries, afloat. The king gave enormous credit to his friend, Lionel Logue, for this success, and those of us alive today owe them both a deep debt.

This semi-biography, semi-history is one of the finest non-fiction books I have read in a long time, and I can't recommend it enough.

Highly Recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excelent Book--Very good read 23 février 2012
Par musicmomma - Publié sur
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I just finished the book and was very glad I read it. It explained so much that was not in the movie. It went in depth the frendship between Louge and King GeorgeVI. It also went into detail the condition of the Briton durning the war and the effect it had on the King and his family, Louge and his family and the people of Briton.

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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "How one Man Saved the Monarchy"... 29 novembre 2010
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur
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In lieu of being able to watch the movie "The King's Speech" because it hasn't been released yet, I ordered the book by the same name, written by Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark Logue, and his co-author, Peter Conradi. The book is a well-written biography of Australian-born speech therapist Lionel Logue and his work with Britain's Prince Albert when he was Duke of York in the 1920's and continuing on in the 1930's when "Bertie" became King - George VI - in 1936, and then afterward during WW2.

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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It is not the movie but lots of wonderful information in the history of the king and his ... 3 mai 2017
Par V. L. Johnstonfreese - Publié sur
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Enjoying the book very much. It is not the movie but lots of wonderful information in the history of the king and his speech theratpist.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quiet Determination And Heroism 24 novembre 2010
Par John D. Cofield - Publié sur
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Published just before the opening of the movie of the same name, The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi is subtitled How One Man Saved The British Monarchy. That might seem on first glance to be typical publishing hyperbole, but after reading this fine biography most will agree that there's quite a bit of truth to it.

Lionel Logue was an Australian who moved to England during the 1920s. He was a pioneer in the teaching of elocution and as what we today call a speech therapist. His success brought him to the notice of the Royal Household, and he was soon requested to take on another patient: H.R.H. Prince Albert, Duke of York, second son of King George V.

Bertie, as the Royal Family called him, had a severe stammer that had begun during his spartan childhood and became worse as he grew up. Already outshown by his glamourous older brother the Prince of Wales, Bertie's speech difficulties caused him endless embarassment and hid his many fine qualities. Fortunately, Bertie had a wife who was determined to help her husband. Elizabeth, Duchess of York either introduced her husband to Logue or was otherwise instrumental in helping the two to connect. Over the next several years Logue met with his royal patient many times and eventually succeeded in helping the Duke gain more self confidence and speak more clearly.

Logue and Bertie's success came to be of national importance in December 1936 when King Edward VIII suddenly abdicated and left the throne to his younger brother. Now King George VI, Bertie was required to make many speeches both in person and over the air. He never completely mastered his stammer, but his improvement, fostered by Logue and by Queen Elizabeth, enabled him to speak fluently enough to satisfy all but the most severe critics. This was critical, because King George was to lead his nation and Empire through some of its darkest times of war and economic downturn.

Mark Logue is the grandson of Lionel Logue. This book is based in part on Lionel's diaries, and contains much new material on the King's speech problems and the therapies that alleviated them. It is very well written and illustrated and will be of interest to historians, those who deal with speech difficulties, and anyone who enjoys reading about determined, quietly heroic people.
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