Interesting piece of historical trivia involving monarchs and the British preoccupation with them and minutia of their lives.
Beautifully read by Simon Vance. Even his Australian accents were alright, probably quite accurate for the period (the accent has changed since then).
The movie of the same name is not an adaptation of this book - rather, the book was written to accompany the film. It goes into a much longer association between Lionel Logue and George VI than in the film, one that ran for more than 25 years. Shocking is the abuse George experienced at the hands of his parents for having a stutter. Also of note is how Logue was at the forefront to try to stop imposters who claimed they were speech therapists but were anything but. Also of interest is the role of George's wife Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in getting him to face forward. A good story about a long downplayed relationship that ended up playing a vital role during World War II.
Historic and inspiring story made into an Oscar-winning movie.
If you liked the film you'll enjoy the book if only to understand what was fictionalized and maybe the reasons why. There are decades of work here that Logue and the King put in - which is mentioned at the end of the film but it's nice to see here. If you're already familiar with the history of the period you'll find yourself skipping bits and just focusing on events through the eyes of the Logues (diaries from both Lionel and his wife Myrtle are here) as well as any other contemporaries or papers - the King and Logue kept up very regular correspondence and Logue even spent Christmas with them. Yes there was a radio broadcast to make but still.
As a semi-regular stutterer (I was much worse as a child) who really loved this movie to bits, I'd say it's worth the read. Don't go in expecting a biography though; it's really a summation of facts above anything else.
This book is deftly written non-fiction. Although not a definitive biography of either Lionel Logue or George VI, it neatly covers the lives of both men and the unique relationship that existed between an expat Australian speech therapist and the King of England against the backdrop of the historical period. A fascinating read and definitely one of interest for anyone who enjoyed the film.
The book was not as good as the movie (which is rare in my opinion) but it was still worth reading all the details about the relationship between the King and his speech therapist.
Biography of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to the future King George from the 1930's to his death in 1952? when Elizabeth II became queen. This biography offers intriguing glimpse of the lives of the real people behind the film characters of therapist and King. Letters are included. Film won Oscars.
A true account the real relationship between two very different people who also happen to be patient and therapist. Details come from the actual diary record of Logue and some of the royal family that shed light onto a time period that must have been very challenging to live through for both men.
I really liked it. While the movie only looked at one aspect of King George VII's and Logue's relationship, this book had a more complete look at their relationship and also looked more deeply at Logue's background and how he influenced the emerging field of Speech Therapy. Excellent read.
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