Shark Infested Waters Hardcover – 14 Jun 2007
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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
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. See all Product Description
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One of the funniest Showbiz autobiographies I have ever read. Very recommended.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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