The King’s Speech by Mark Logue

The King's Speech January 23 2013

Summary: Based on the recently discovered diaries of Lionel Logue, The King’s Speech recounts an inspiring real-life tale of triumph over adversity, when an Australian taught a British king with a crippling speech defect how to speak to his subjects.

Review: I ended up reading this book cause I had seen the movie and really liked it. I’m kind of a history nerd, so little did I know how good it was going to be!

The book is about the relationship between Logue and the King, from it started in the 20’s to the 50’s when the King died. A lot was happening around the world during that time (the great depression, WWII), so it was really interesting to see how the story of their friendship was laid out on the backdrop of world events.

The details in The King’s Speech is what makes it worth reading. The authors included snippets of letters, journal entries, and even newspaper clippings. While there were lots of details, it didn’t get overwhelming, instead it enhanced the story.

It was interesting to read about how because radio was one of the main medias of the day, the King’s stammering was such a big deal. It’s easy to think about how something like that could be dealt with, with all the technology we have now, but back then most of his speeches were done live, so there was a lot more pressure on the King to get things right.

While I can see how the movie was based on the book, the movie only highlighted a few parts from the book. There’s so much more content to read about. Even though there was a lot of history, it was still very easy to read.

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