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At the centre of the critically acclaimed Fox drama House, British actor Hugh Laurie has become the focus of fans across North America, Britain, and Australia. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, honoured by the Queen with an Order of the British Empire, and one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, Laurie has become an icon. But who is the man behind At the centre of the critically acclaimed Fox drama House, British actor Hugh Laurie has become the focus of fans across North America, Britain, and Australia. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, honoured by the Queen with an Order of the British Empire, and one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, Laurie has become an icon. But who is the man behind the cane and acerbic wit? A musician? A motorcyclist? A comedian? Laurie is all these things and more. This biography aims to shed light on his childhood struggles to live up to his mother’s high demands and emulate his father’s accomplishments as a doctor and an Olympic gold medalist; his education at the prestigious academies of Eton and Cambridge; his comedic career with Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, and Rowan Atkinson; his own personal struggle with depression; and how he came to be the best-loved curmudgeon on television. Interviews with creator and executive producer David Shore will reveal the Canadian connection to this truly global show and how a Canuck from London, Ontario, made the move to Hollywood stardom. The House That Hugh Laurie Built will also serve as a magnifying glass, providing episode analysis, cast biographies, selections of Dr. House’s caustic wit, and production bloopers and medical mistakes that only a sleuth like Dr. House could expose.


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At the centre of the critically acclaimed Fox drama House, British actor Hugh Laurie has become the focus of fans across North America, Britain, and Australia. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, honoured by the Queen with an Order of the British Empire, and one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, Laurie has become an icon. But who is the man behind At the centre of the critically acclaimed Fox drama House, British actor Hugh Laurie has become the focus of fans across North America, Britain, and Australia. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, honoured by the Queen with an Order of the British Empire, and one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, Laurie has become an icon. But who is the man behind the cane and acerbic wit? A musician? A motorcyclist? A comedian? Laurie is all these things and more. This biography aims to shed light on his childhood struggles to live up to his mother’s high demands and emulate his father’s accomplishments as a doctor and an Olympic gold medalist; his education at the prestigious academies of Eton and Cambridge; his comedic career with Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, and Rowan Atkinson; his own personal struggle with depression; and how he came to be the best-loved curmudgeon on television. Interviews with creator and executive producer David Shore will reveal the Canadian connection to this truly global show and how a Canuck from London, Ontario, made the move to Hollywood stardom. The House That Hugh Laurie Built will also serve as a magnifying glass, providing episode analysis, cast biographies, selections of Dr. House’s caustic wit, and production bloopers and medical mistakes that only a sleuth like Dr. House could expose.

30 review for The House That Hugh Laurie Built: An Unauthorized Biography and Episode Guide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I can't do it. I've tried to read bits of it, but it just can't hold my attention. For one thing, I already know all of this. For two, it's written like a love letter--I find it choking me with its hero worship. And finally, I kind of think House was a terrible show. It had potential, but wasted it. All of that makes it too hard to manage this book, so I quit. On to something else. I can't do it. I've tried to read bits of it, but it just can't hold my attention. For one thing, I already know all of this. For two, it's written like a love letter--I find it choking me with its hero worship. And finally, I kind of think House was a terrible show. It had potential, but wasted it. All of that makes it too hard to manage this book, so I quit. On to something else.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

    Quite interesting, but basically it's like someone's copy and pasted heaps of info off the net and formatted it all together to look pretty. Quite interesting, but basically it's like someone's copy and pasted heaps of info off the net and formatted it all together to look pretty.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fox Galv

    DAMMIT . Se acabó. Porqueeeeé????

  4. 5 out of 5

    T.C. Anderson

    A book with that man on the cover? Already a favorite. And I haven't even started on the words inside the book. Challen's House is comprised of biographies of the main cast of the popular medical drama, including its creator David Shore, and an episode guide of seasons 1 through 3 that beats all others. But let's take it a chapter at a time... First, Laurie's bio: Intertwining common facts with lesser- and little-known ones, Challen provides an in-depth look at many, if not all, facets of the Bri A book with that man on the cover? Already a favorite. And I haven't even started on the words inside the book. Challen's House is comprised of biographies of the main cast of the popular medical drama, including its creator David Shore, and an episode guide of seasons 1 through 3 that beats all others. But let's take it a chapter at a time... First, Laurie's bio: Intertwining common facts with lesser- and little-known ones, Challen provides an in-depth look at many, if not all, facets of the British actor's life just short of his days in diapers. He covers everything from his rowing days at Cambridge, where he earned a degree in anthropology ("...the most convenient subject to read while spending eight hours a day on the river," quoth Laurie); his battle with depression (while watching a stock car charity race, "...it suddenly hit me: I was bored. I thought, this can't be right," the actor said in a past interview); and his almost-makes-you-want-to-slap-him humbleness regarding his career ("I'm sort of reasonably good at a lot of things but not great at anything yet," he has said). Second, the rest of the diagnostic team: Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), Foreman (Omar Epps), Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), and Chase (Jesse Spencer) all have their lives put under the microscope as well, including Edelstein's partying past as Lisa E, Leonard's several runs on the theater stage, and Spencer's start with Australian soap Neighbours. All of these five-page biographies give a deeper insight into the characters they portray on House, and even give tidbits about certain details on the show (so that's why Cuddy's password is 'partypants'...) Creator David Shore gets a lengthier chapter, covering his pre-script writing days as a legal eagle in London, Ontario, Canada, and his sudden urge to head for L.A. As pointed out by the proceeding episode guide Challen provides, Shore is always careful in dropping a plug or two to the Great White North in House's character dialogue as a clever way of honoring his roots. The 233-page seasons 1-3 episode guide is the best part, not only providing eye-opening and accurate recaps on each episode but also recalling the Adventures of House's Cane (its special section called the 'Support Staff' – don't you just love a play on words?), and even inaccuracies and flub-ups in the episodes. (Didn't Chase have two gloves instead of one in the scene before?) Challen's views of certain situations and their meanings are refreshing and new, allowing a fan of the show to look deeper into each character's actions and giving a newcomer a great taste of what to expect from the dramedy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mo Ha

    Best example to show... How not to write a biography (Even if unauthorized) 101... or better still just how not to write a book ...! don't just don't ! Best example to show... How not to write a biography (Even if unauthorized) 101... or better still just how not to write a book ...! don't just don't !

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I picked this one up for free after the series came to an end because it was very outdated, having been written after the third season, and thus I didn’t have particularly lofty expectations. The first third of the book is a biography of the major players in the show, focusing primarily, as one may have guessed from the title, on Hugh Laurie, but also giving us a glimpse into the lives of the supporting players and writer David Shore. Laurie’s biography is decent, but unmemorable, and contains f I picked this one up for free after the series came to an end because it was very outdated, having been written after the third season, and thus I didn’t have particularly lofty expectations. The first third of the book is a biography of the major players in the show, focusing primarily, as one may have guessed from the title, on Hugh Laurie, but also giving us a glimpse into the lives of the supporting players and writer David Shore. Laurie’s biography is decent, but unmemorable, and contains few, if any, tidbits that a true fan of the show wouldn’t have known already. For those who are more casual fans, however, it does provide some insight into the man behind the role, even if it does glorify him a little much, as biographies are wont to do. Still, there’s not much here that some time spent browsing the Internet wouldn’t have turned up and most of the information is culled from past interviews; don’t expect a Hugh Laurie exclusive here. The other biographies are a bit stunted but if, as the author predicts, the success and appeal of House is due mainly to the man with the cane, then the average fan won’t find this to be a problem. If you’re more interested in the Lisa Edelstein or Omar Epps, however, I suggest looking somewhere else. The remainder of the book is an episode guide that lacks true substance, or at least a guiding theme. It tends to be inconsistent on the amount of depth and detail that it provides for each episode, but the annotations add a layer of analysis that can be intriguing, if sometimes facile. Some are little more than re-printed trivia from IMDb (interchange the section heading “booboos” with “goofs” and you’ve got the same thing) and others, such as the medical analysis, have been done better elsewhere, even contemporary with the book (Polite Dissent, probably the most notable, is actually mentioned in the annotations). Others are somewhat more involved, like the author’s tracking of the symbolism of the cane and the use of lies, or pointing out where seemingly trivial occurrences actually foreshadow much larger or more important themes. And if you’re the type of person who likes spotting inconsistencies in the personalities and beliefs of the characters, there’s some of that here too. As I mentioned above, however, a lot of the annotations lack substance and he does not appear to have an overall thesis for his notes on the symbolism, which reduces them at times to little more than random facts, subjective interpretations, or just space-filler. The gems, while present, are few and far between and the lack of cohesion makes it difficult to retain specific details. Overall, I think that this is a decent collection of information, but one that doesn’t seem to have a particular audience in mind, since serious fans are likely to already know what is presented here and casual ones aren’t likely to pick it up at all. Thus, if you’re already a hardcore fan of the show, then you should probably skip this one, since the tidbits you might pick up aren’t worth digging for. For its time, someone wanting to get their House fix between seasons might have enjoyed this but, as is to be expected with works such as this, it hasn’t stood the test of time and seems now more as a cash-in on a fad rather than a work with lasting, original insight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    George Slade

    I would have given this 5 stars but it was too short on the biography section, particularly Hugh Laurie's. The format of the book is a short biography of Hugh Laurie, and then even shorter biographical sections about the main cast and the creator, David Shore. The rest of the book are episode guides to the first 3 seasons. Those were easy to glide through as I've seen the first three seasons at least four to five times. If you're House fanatic, like I am, I recommend this one. I would have given this 5 stars but it was too short on the biography section, particularly Hugh Laurie's. The format of the book is a short biography of Hugh Laurie, and then even shorter biographical sections about the main cast and the creator, David Shore. The rest of the book are episode guides to the first 3 seasons. Those were easy to glide through as I've seen the first three seasons at least four to five times. If you're House fanatic, like I am, I recommend this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Indah Threez Lestari

    Bacanya sambil nonton ulang House TV series... Buku ini masuk rak biografi karena setengahnya terdiri dari biografi Hugh Laurie, ditambah sekilas biografi cast/writer serial TV House. Setengah buku sisanya bisa dibilang guidebook 3 season awal House MD, merangkum setiap episodenya dengan memorable scenes, kebohongan para karakter di episode tersebut (ingat: everybody lies!), dan tentu saja blooper dan medical mistakes (namanya juga serial teve). Lumayan berguna buat panduan acara nonton ulang 6 s Bacanya sambil nonton ulang House TV series... Buku ini masuk rak biografi karena setengahnya terdiri dari biografi Hugh Laurie, ditambah sekilas biografi cast/writer serial TV House. Setengah buku sisanya bisa dibilang guidebook 3 season awal House MD, merangkum setiap episodenya dengan memorable scenes, kebohongan para karakter di episode tersebut (ingat: everybody lies!), dan tentu saja blooper dan medical mistakes (namanya juga serial teve). Lumayan berguna buat panduan acara nonton ulang 6 season DVD House... Love House TV series, love the actor behind the lead character, love this book...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The biography parts were really really interesting! I liked the explanations of other shows and movies' references. However, some facts in the episodes' description were misrepresented or sometimes even not truthful. Several author's biased opinions (at least it looked like it), tons of rhetorical questions don't really make the reading that awesome, especially in the third season. I gave 4 stars but only because I love the show itself. The biography parts were really really interesting! I liked the explanations of other shows and movies' references. However, some facts in the episodes' description were misrepresented or sometimes even not truthful. Several author's biased opinions (at least it looked like it), tons of rhetorical questions don't really make the reading that awesome, especially in the third season. I gave 4 stars but only because I love the show itself.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fallon Willoughby

    This book was given to me by my professor/adviser who also loves House. Like me, he has seen every episode. Probably multiple times. I loved learning more about Laurie and how he went about creating House, and the character. Learning about the show, the actors, and Hugh Laurie's own life was intriguing and I loved it. Not to mention, it's got a great title. If you love House, and Hugh Laurie, read this! This book was given to me by my professor/adviser who also loves House. Like me, he has seen every episode. Probably multiple times. I loved learning more about Laurie and how he went about creating House, and the character. Learning about the show, the actors, and Hugh Laurie's own life was intriguing and I loved it. Not to mention, it's got a great title. If you love House, and Hugh Laurie, read this!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    Interesting but I would have liked to see more about the character and the actor instead of the plot reviews, although those were interesting. I read an excellent magazine article on this man/series a couple of years ago, and wish I could remember which magazine, as it would have been a good source for this book. Overall I didn't feel the book did enough background. Interesting but I would have liked to see more about the character and the actor instead of the plot reviews, although those were interesting. I read an excellent magazine article on this man/series a couple of years ago, and wish I could remember which magazine, as it would have been a good source for this book. Overall I didn't feel the book did enough background.

  12. 5 out of 5

    NightAuditMan

    I would have liked a more expanded bio of all cast memebers, but did make do with what was written. The episode discussions were interesting but not a real page turning kind of read. If yer a fan then by all means pick it up, otherwise you might want to wait for an authorized bio.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Billy Parrish

    It was a good book learning a little bit about Hugh Laurie before his role as Dr. House. I really liked the episode guide in the back for the first 3 seasons of House.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Well, I love House so I loved reading the behind the scenes stories and profiles of the actors. I wish there had been more of that and not the play by play of the episodes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Fun beginning and some interesting tidbits about each episode, but not a front-to-back read for me

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Morse

  17. 5 out of 5

    Selin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melody Billingsley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cherie Wood

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keumala Dewi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sanket K

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolin Gaiser

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Anuzzi

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelle Pennington

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Zygadło

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kilana Brammer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Harmon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Regi

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