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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Timewell Press (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185725225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857252255
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He spills the beans on the stars and their pampered prima-donna ways. An hilarious memoir -- Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

One of the year's funniest memoirs -- Simon Edge, Daily Express

The funniest show-business memoir I've read since David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon -- Nigel Havers

The most important test of show-business memoirs is whether the author's anecdotes are any good. Michael Whitehall passes -- Nicholas Clee, The Guardian

This is a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes...a stylish and extremely amusing memoir -- Hugh Massingberd, The Oldie

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Theatrical agent Michael Whitehall has been involved with the careers of actors ranging from Kenneth More, Tom Courtenay, Colin Firth, Dorothy Tutin, Edward Fox, Jack Davenport, Judi Dench, Ian Charleson, Peter Bowles, Elaine Stritch and Donald Sinden to Nigel Havers, James Fox, Angela Thorne, Richard E Grant, Stewart Granger, Anton Rodgers, Patrick Macnee, John Le Mesurier, Daniel Day Lewis, David Hemmings and Richard Griffiths.In "Shark-Infested Waters", Whitehall deftly sketches the social comedy of his eccentric background: growing up in suburban London in the 1950s, his schooldays at Ampleforth, where he was taught by Basil Hume, and his subsequent adventures as a prep school master - before becoming an actors' agent. From his eccentric grandfather - who set the curtains twitching with his penchant for cross-dressing - to his mother Nora's aspirations to genteel living, complete with Pekinese Foxgrove Candy Floss - Michael Whitehall sketches the foibles of his own family with the same deliciously dry wit he reveals when talking about his clients.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aanel Victoria on 1 Jan. 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Greenwood on 12 Feb. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Admiral6004 on 4 April 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jan. 2014
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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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By Aslan on 9 Mar. 2012
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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