The King’s Speech

By now reading my blog you should know I’m a massive fan of Colin Firth. Of course stemmed from his appearance in a famous BBC drama to the present day and The King’s Speech. I didn’t really know much about King George VI before the film came out it was more to see Colin. I also admired Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Ehle and of course Helena Bonham Carter in the film.

A few years back there was an exhibtion of costumes from TV dramas and I went with my Mum and had a fantastic time. Mum was the one who found the King’s actual desk hidden round a corner while I was busily admiring another of Colin Firth’s costumes. It’s amazing to think a piece of history was just sat there holding so many memories which it couldn’t tell us.

I bought the book mentioned below not long after seeing the film but hadn’t read it until now. I have no idea what amde me pick it up, but it was such a quick read and was one of them books where it just makes you go WOW. Here’s a bit more below.

“The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century – 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 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.” Goodreads

King George VI
King George VI

Original Speech HERE

My review
I’ve been left speechless by this book and almost crying by the end of it. It’s been on my shelf for months, I bought it because of the film and it just sat there, then something triggered me off yesterday and I picked it up. It has been the quickest read of the year so far and I don’t think I’ll be able to read again for a few days. The film is amazing and shows the friendship of the two men, but what it doesn’t show is the time inbetween, the health scares, the reality of both statuses. This book is only one part of that and what a book. I recommend if you have seen the film, read this, you’ll have a much better understanding how The King overcame his stammer.

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