- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Updated ed. 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 (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hugh Laurie - the Biography Paperback – 6 Jun 2011
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is wonderful but was spoilt by all the library labels stuck on the cover and inside sleevesPublished 4 months ago by margaret McGarvey
The worst biography I have ever read. Badly written and lazily compiled. Lot of reliance on quotes and recourse to lists of favourite films or TV programmes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by W. Minnitt
I think Steve T summed it up very well below. This is badly written, barely researched & totally lacking in anything resembling perspective or insight. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chris Baker
An excellent work by Anthony Bunko. If you are interested in Hugh Laurie and how he came to do the House series then this book is for you.Published 21 months ago by Starlightuk
Really enjoyed loved the background to house. Great page turner.Published 21 months ago by Mary Barker