journalist, novelist, and dramatist, had considerable success with his second novel, Billy Liar, a regional comedy about a youth who attempts to escape his dull family life through fantasy, which he adapted for the stage in collaboration with W. Hall (1960). Waterhouse and Hall subsequently worked together on many stage, screen, and television plays, adaptations, and musicals. Other novels include Office Life (1978) and Unsweet Charity (1992). Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (1989) was a successful dramatization of Bernard's Spectator columns. City Lights (1994) was the first part of his autobiography.