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Shark Infested Waters: Tales Of An Actors' Agent Kindle Edition

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Indiscreet enough to be a fun read, Whitehall's memoir is shrewd almost to
the point of being cynical. I hope he writes more. -- Daily Mail, 22 June 2007

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Theatrical agent, Michael Whitehall, has represented anyone who is anyone in show business: from Stewart Granger, Tom Courtenay, Leslie Grantham, Elaine Stritch, Peter Bowles, Nigel Havers, Daniel Day Lewis and David Hemmings to Colin Firth, Richard Griffiths, Kenneth More, Edward Fox, Richard E. Grant, Judi Dench, John Le Mesurier and Donald Sinden. In his memoir, "Shark-Infested Waters", Michael Whitehall contrasts the glamorous image of theatrical life with the mundane realities of the business, while passing on some startling trade secrets along the way. A laconic raconteur of refreshingly unstar-struck theatrical anecdotes, Whitehall deftly sketches the social comedy of his eccentric background: growing up in suburban London in the 1950s, his schooldays at Ampleforth and his subsequent adventures as a prep school master - worthy of Evelyn Waugh himself - before becoming an actors' agent. Whitehall represented some of the most famous names in British film, theatre and television, though he writes about them not as 'celebrity icons' but as idiosyncratic human beings, rejoicing in their foibles with a deliciously dry wit.

Whitehall has an acute eye for the vanities and absurdities of show business and is a natural storyteller. Not for nothing has he been hailed by several national broadsheet and tabloid journalists as 'the funniest man in London'. "Shark-Infested Waters" is a charming, funny and piquant view of a world that has always fascinated the public.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2801 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Apostrophe Books (15 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YSJ8B4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Michael Whitehall's memoir is quite a delicious read whether or not you have any interest in the theatre or show business. Although actors such as Nigel Havers and Judi Dench do occasionally wander through its pages, the real treat is Whitehall's enormous storytelling ability, and his apparent lifelong propensity for being caught in the company of eccentrics. His drily comedic telling of his bizarre childhood, through his very checkered pre-agent career, through his tales of agent life and beyond, leave the reader yearning for more of this deliciously absurd yet very personable writer.
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I bought this book a couple of years ago and loved it. I decided to put it on my Kindle so I could read it again on the go!! Having been a theatrical agent myself, and also when I was a Casting Director I spoke to Michael Whitehall quite a lot, I found this hilarious and so true. It is well written and not too 'luvvie' as I recommended to a friend who is not in the business and she loved it too.
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I'm enjoying enormously reading this all over again as an ebook - Michael Whitehall's delivery is impeccable, and young Jack Whitehall's drawings are hilarious.
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I liked this a good deal. Funny. Whitehall is honest and observant about the dramatis personae of every act of his life. Light of touch and not too heavy on the name dropping, but with plenty of the famous to be going on with, this book nevertheless avoids the 'oh this old thing' school of memoir - the people Michael Whitehall mixed and worked with are well known, but it comes across clearly that that was the job, and we all meet people through our work. He is clear sighted, not blinded by the limelight and I enjoyed all of it.
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Hes a good name dropper, but with his client list he can afford to be. Well worth it and also the follow up with his son jack
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This book is written adequately but adopts a smirking tone of smug self-absorption which becomes tedious. The stars about whom the author is happy to gossip are dead, dying or unable to defend themselves and of little current interest. Rather disappointing in the light of his current appearances with his son, Jack.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book - having ordered it after reading Michael's co-authored book 'Him & Me' written with his son, Jack Whitehall the comedian. This book is equally well written and contains wonderfully entertaining anecdotes and most interesting biography of his earlier years.
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Format: Paperback
Bought the book for my daughter after we saw the Jack Whitehall and His Dad at the Riverside Studios which was great fun
The book has the same appeal as his Dad, not bad at all!
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