Don Short joined Fleet Street in 1958 as a general news reporter with the Daily Sketch before coming to the Daily Mirror two years later, where he became Chief Showbusiness Correspondent. In 1974 he formed his own editorial bureau named Solo Syndication. It was soon recognised as one of the world's leading agencies. He has acted as literary agent for tennis great Fred Perry, singer Val Doonican, cricketer Mike Gatting, snooker player Jimmy White and theatrical impresario Joe Collins, father of Joan and Jackie Collins. He has ghosted several best-selling books including those of Britt Ekland, Peter Sellers, Lady Norah Docker and an authorised biography of Engelbert Humperdinck. He retired in December 1998 after merging Solo with an American newspaper group. The Agency was later acquired by Associated Newspapers and today is a thriving concern for the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.