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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007492901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007492909
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Holden (also known as Taylor Holden) is a novelist, non-fiction author, biographer, and ghostwriter, as well as a former journalist for the London Daily Telegraph.

Since leaving newspapers in 1996, she has written more than thirty books, including numerous international bestsellers and the acclaimed novel The Sense of Paper, published by Random House, New York. A reporter for eighteen years, she covered news events at home and abroad, including the Gulf War, the Iran/Iraq War, conflicts in the Middle East, Communist Europe and Northern Ireland.

Her non-fiction titles have chiefly been ghosted autobiographies of remarkable women, many with wartime experiences, such as the only woman in the French Foreign Legion during World War II; a young Jewish woman who repeatedly crossed German lines as a spy; and a British mother whose daughter was killed in the war in the Sudan. She has also written A Lotus Grows in the Mud, the best-selling autobiography of Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn, and Memories Are Made of This, a biography of Dean Martin as seen through the eyes of his daughter Deana.

She published three titles in 2011 - Lady Blue Eyes, the autobiography of Frank Sinatra's widow Barbara; Ten Mindful Minutes, an international bestselling book on mindfulness for parents by Goldie Hawn; and Kill Switch, which tells the remarkable story of Major Bill Shaw, MBE, who was wrongly imprisoned in Afghanistan.

In 2012 she conceived and wrote the bestselling memoir of Uggie, the dog from the Oscar winning movie The Artist and so far in 2013 she has published an ebook for children and adults entitled Mr. Scraps about a dog in the London Blitz. She is working on a third book with Goldie Hawn, another novel, and a play.

Other works have included the bestselling novelisations of the films The Full Monty and Waking Ned, as well as a travel book with Billy Connolly. She wrote Smile Though Your Heart Is Breaking by Pauline Prescott, and Heaven and Hell with Don Felder (of The Eagles). Her book Shell Shock, a searing investigation into the trauma of conflict from the World War One to the Gulf War was published in conjunction with a four-part television documentary.

Her various works have been serialised in national newspapers and magazines around the globe, selected for audio extracts on BBC Radio, used in schools and colleges as educational tools, and transferred to both commercial television and radio drama.

Wendy divides her time between the UK and the US but lives mostly in Suffolk, England, with her husband, sixteen hens and two dogs. See www.wendyholden.com, or make contact her via her pages on Facebook or Twitter. She writes a blog on her website and also owns a company WHINC that develops e-books and cutting edge apps.


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Uggie is a trained Jack Russell famous for his roles in Mr Fix It, Water for Elephants, alongside Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, and most recently silent movie The Artist. Now ten years old (almost seventy in human years), Uggie has retired as a canine actor, but will continue with selected campaigns and appearances.

When not working Uggie lives in North Hollywood with Omar von Muller, his wife, their six-year-old daughter and their seven other acting dogs.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John W. on 28 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is so true of both Uggie, the actor, and his story; a well-told and insightful look into the diminutive star's life and fortunes. The scene-stealing and endearing companion becomes a narrator (with the aid of accomplished writer Wendy Holden and his coach, Omar von Muller) of a tail that reveals the dog behind the legend and work of a career that began on the streets of L.A., and almost didn't begin at all. Uggie's story carries us smoothly along as he relates the highs and lows of a "pound-bound hound" transformed by love, structure and support into an iconic idol and first-rate actor.

This book is an easy read, with a story bound to appeal to readers of all ages and stripes (or spots). The collaboration between artist, coach and author creates a vivid account of a pup with mischievous tendencies transformed, but not corrupted, by the Hollywood lifestyle for which he seems to have been cast from birth. If there is any follow-up after his retirement from movies, a screenplay based on this dog's tale will make for an interesting and emotional "behind-the scenes" film from which all ages and species could take inspiration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy318 on 28 Oct. 2012
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If you fell in love with The Artist, then you undoubtedly also fell in love with Uggie - the dog who stole the movie and stole our hearts. After seeing the movie, there was so much I wanted to know about Uggie. This book gives us the whole story - from his adoption as an unruly pup, becoming a true artist at his craft and culminating to his big night at the Oscars. This is a delightful story, told with a lot of charm, humor and obviously, a lot of love. There are some wonderful photos included which add to your reading pleasure. I absolutely loved this book and I know you will too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mara on 23 Oct. 2012
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Just got my copy of Uggie, My Story. So beautifully written and insightful, it's a tail well told of an inspiring canine star and his wonderful friends and family. Great gift to anyone for the upcoming holiday season! Uggie, the Artist: My StoryNot to be missed for it's heart, humor and insight! Uggie, congratulations on another pawesome achievement!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MsPsico on 18 Oct. 2012
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Bought Uggie's book on Kindle today & have finished reading it already (not something that happens very often). He may be a dog, but this is an inspirational story proving that rescue pets are the best. It's well written, full of humour and you can't help but fall in love with this Jack Russell. It's the feelgood book of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2013
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Uggie - The Artist is absolutely brilliant, it really is. It is a 10 star rating!

This book is so cleverly written, on behalf of Uggie - of course, by Wendy Holden. Well, no canine as famous and successful as Uggie could be expected to have time to put paw to keyboard, to write his memoir. So a human had to be employed to take dictation from the great Uggie.

This arrangement worked so well and Uggie has given us a fascinating account of his life, which is a rags to fame and riches story. This hound from the pound has proved that with love, patience and of course yummy treats, anything can be accomplished.

There is not a boring part in this book at all. It is a real page turner, as we follow Uggie's life and training to the eventual stardom he enjoyed in The Artist, the award winning silent movie. Uggie is an honest writer too, as he tells us of his misdemeanours and narrow escapes.

Uggie truly is am AMAZING dog, as is his Dad, Omar, who trained him along with other canine housemates, thus giving them brilliant, happy and fulfilling lives.

This book is a must for the dog lover, but is also a book to be read and enjoyed by anyone. It has lots of photos throughout and would make a lovely gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirk on 2 Nov. 2012
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I highly recommend "Uggie the Artist- my story" It is a great read of a rags to riches (in this case pound dog to acting superstar) story. It tells the story of how Uggie came to be owned by Omar the dog trainer, and of Omar's ability to recognise that Uggie was highly intelligent and with training and guidance could make the most of his talent. It is very enjoyable and insightful, and ultimately thought provoking of how a puppy's life can be transformed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michaela on 5 Nov. 2012
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I just finished the book and absolutely loved it! It made me laugh out loud, it made me drop some tears quietly. Everyone who loves dogs will love the book as it is witty, an absolute page turner. Written from Uggie's perspective on his life as rambunctious puppy who thanks to Omar did not end up in a dog pound, and on his career as an actor, and a canine Hollywood celebrity. This book will give you a warm feeling in your heart, just like Uggie himself.
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Review by Ted Terrier Author of The Journal of Ted Terrier

Following on from my review of Champ’s biodography, me and Emma decided to do another one. I actually feel a little bit jealous cos Emma wanted to read Uggie The Artist’s book so much and the reason I am jealous is that he is also a JRT like me and a film-star not like me and Emma has a thing for film-stars, especially if they sing too which thankfully Uggie doesn’t, and it makes me worry that maybe she will love him more than me. Now the artist – though not the same kind of artist, Sue Mynall – of my books; The Journal of Ted Terrier, The Colour Journal of Ted terrier and soon The Second Journal of Ted Terrier – says I should have been the doggie star of the film The Artist cos I am a superstar myself. I love Sue!! However, Emma says I couldn’t have been cos I’m too naughty and not well-trained enough. Ggggggrrrr to you Emma! How’s that for loyalty of a human sister – or how isn’t it given that it isn’t. But you see when we read Uggie’s book we found out that he was naughty too before he was adopted by acting coach Omar von Muller, and then he was even naughty afterwards now and then. But I do have to admit that he is certainly better trained than me but that is more my humans fault than mine. I am very good at my job without being trained. I have natural talent! So does Uggie! And he is very dedicated too. Maybe that’s also cos he is a JRT. Emma says neither of us are modest. That’s a JRT thing too Or just a dog thing – some humans do all this silly covering up of their feelings and talents whereas we dogs are just honest about it. I love humans so much and so does Uggie. He met and starred with Reese Witherspoon on the set of Water for Elephants and fell totally in love with her.
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