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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184358364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843583646
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Bunko is the author of several comedy fiction novels, including "The Tale of the Shagging Monkeys," and a book of visual poetry called "Working up to the Slaughterhouse. "He also collaborated with Stereophonics star Stuart Cable on his autobiography, "Demons and Cocktails."

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Carr on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
If, like me, you have taken advantage of the information and interviews posted on the internet over the last few years regarding Mr Laurie, you may be a little disappointed with this book. Having just finished reading it, I don't feel that I have learnt very much more about him than I did before. It seems to me that most of the information has been gathered from the internet and padded out a bit, and the only advantage of having this biography is that you have all the information in one place. It isn't very long either at 260 pages (not including appendix), with largish print, wide margins and 2 lots of photos. There are some good photos though, many of which I hadn't seen before.

I may be wrong, but I guess that neither Hugh Laurie, nor anyone who knows him had any direct involvement in the writing of this book and the direct personal interview with family or friends (or even the subject himself) for the specific purpose of the book, would have added tremendous value and brought this work above that of Wikipedia and suchlike.

Perhaps one day, Hugh Laurie may see fit to write his own autobiography, or commission someone to do it with full cooperation. If so, I'm sure it will be as interesting as his "colleague" Stephen Fry's autobiographical attempts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sgpanhandle on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've always liked Hugh Laurie, from his partnership with Stephen Fry (another of my favourites) through his Blackadder days to his Americanisation as Dr House. So I was quite keen to read this book, especially after reading other auto-biographies such as Fry's Moab is My Washpot. I suppose I had unrealistic expectations, this is not after all written by Laurie, and as such lacks his wit and sense of humour - with the odd exception of some direct quotes of his. The facts were all interesting and quite readable, but that's all they were - basically a chronical of events and achievements without a great deal of insight into the man. It is also, in my mind, aimed squarely at the American audience who have come to know Laurie through House and potentially his film roles, a realisation that was cemented when I hit the House section two thirds of the way in. As such it comes across as a background biography for House fans rather than a witty biography of Hugh Laurie. If you are a big House fan you will probably really like this book, but in my mind he is much more than this and the book missed the mark a bit. I'm off to buy The Gun Seller
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MacGee on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book has some interesting information and anecdotes about Hugh Laurie but no insights, no attempt to see beneath the industriously created surface of modesty and humility. The writing is plodding and the book contains a number of horrible mistakes. For example, he writes about Fry and Laurie being part of "British television law." (He means "lore".) He mentions the PG Wodehouse character "P Smith." (He means "Psmith.") There are many others.

His attitude to Hugh Laurie's friends and colleagues is uncritical. Stephen is wonderful, Emma is wonderful, Ben is wonderful, Richard is wonderful. Hugh himself, of course, is too wonderful for words. It gets a bit sickening after a while, like being drip-fed raspberry jam.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms J. Redican on 5 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are many reasons I disliked this book; the first and foremost, however, has to be the fact that only about 60% of it is about Hugh Laurie; the remainder is cast lists of shows he has been in, alongside info about people he starred in shows with.

It has very few actual quotes from Laurie, and reads like a padded out Wikipedia article! The photos it includes are, in the main, press shots, and to be honest the whole book just feels as though it was researched online, by a "House" fan, who had very little or no contact at all with Laurie.

I definitely would not recommend this book; the writing style felt "clunky" to me, and I struggled to get through it. Even though I can normally lose myself and rage through a book in a day, this took me a couple of weeks as I really struggled to be entertained by it whatsoever.

Plus there are several spelling errors which just drive me mad, especially when contained within a book with a £19.99 cover price! I would assume that a publisher charging that amount could at least employ a decent proofreader!

Save your money, and spend an afternoon "Googling" Hugh Laurie; you will probably find out more than I did from this book, and enjoy it more too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Turner on 29 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I won't really blame Hugh Laurie for this appalling book, because I simply refuse to believe he had anything to do with it. It is quite simply the worst thing I have read for very many years. There is so much wrong with it that it is very hatd to know where to start.

The whole enterprise seems to be a cut-and-paste collection from various sources, with the odd bit of linking text to try and give the appearance of proper biographical writing. This might just about work, on a very superficial level, if the cutting and pasting, plus additional text, was done with a decent amount of care and thought. However, the bodge-up job often results in sentences that make no sense, facts that are plainly wrong, dates and time-lines that do not add up, and names and titles that are incorrect.

Just one example of careless production: Each chapter has a title, which is repeated at the top of each right-hand page. Chapter 6 title is 'Canvas chairs with our names on the back'. On the last page of this chapter, the heading has become 'Giggsy - The biography of Ryan Giggs'. How on earth did he slip into there? Unintentionally hilarious, and probably the funniest thing in the whole book. If you enjoy spotting mistakes and going "Tsk!" every few minutes, this could be for you.

This was clearly written for an American readership, to cash-in on the success of Laurie's "House". I have no problem with that, but having to sit through constant explanations of standard British things ("Eton College is a famous British public school, often referred to simply as Eton") makes this book virtually impossible for a British audience to read without constantly wanting to throw the thing across the room.

I am a huge fan of Fry & Laurie, both together and individually.
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