Michael Whitehall worked as a journalist, a preparatory schoolmaster, an articled clerk, a copywriter and as a public relations consultant before becoming a theatrical agent. He has been involved in the careers of a number of the UK's leading actors and actresses including Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Edward Fox, Richard Griffiths, John Le Mesurier, Sir Donald Sinden, and many more. He is also the author of Shark-Infested Waters.Hugh Massingberd wrote or edited some forty books, including works of genealogical reference, studies of royalty and social history and a series of illustrated volumes on palaces, grand hotels and country houses, great and small. His five collections of Daily Telegraph obituaries were all bestsellers. The fifth volume was shortlisted for the inaugural Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing in 2000. He died in 2007.