Ahhhhhh, well that explains a lot. I read that book many years ago as well. It was very humorous and it now sits as a jack for my printer.
In my opinion you could have spent your money on much better books. There are some good lists here on this forum. I would give the Holly a try and when it croaks , drop an email to Mr. Coussins asking for a refund on the book to cover your cost for the Holly
In all seriousness Zappa. How many Hollies have you seen at the garden center marketed as an indoor plant? I'm sure some where, someone will prove that they can. Its my guess that its an exception to the rule and not the norm.
In my extremely limited experience with japanese holly. I had one under my patio, for a week all the foliage fell off and it died. I very experience lady I work with that is a wonder with horticulture told me, That it died due to very limited/no sun exposure. So you could probably do it but you would need a really nice light setup.