- he wasn't a prime minister or an archbishop of Canterbury. He was an almost
unknown, and self-taught, speech therapist named 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 one of Britain's greatest kings after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated
in 1936 over his love of Mrs Simpson.
This 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. It throws an 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 reign.
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the
British Monarchy is an astonishing insight into a private world. Logue's diaries
also reveal, for the first time, the torment the future King suffered at the
hands of his father George V because of his stammer. Never before has there been
such a personal 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.
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