Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News

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Penguin Books, Limited, Oct 17, 2019 - Interviewing in journalism - 400 pages
News Presenter of the Year and 2020 BAFTA nominee Emily Maitlis gives you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest news stories and interviews of recent years.


'[Emily] is so absolutely of the moment. Airhead is a compilation of her greatest hits . . . hilarious' Evening Standard

'Deliciously funny . . . Irresistible' The Times

In this no holds barred account of life in the seconds before, during and after going on air, Newsnight presenter, leading journalist, and queen of the side eye Emily Maitlis gives us the insider info on what we don't get to see on-screen.

Giving us the inside scoop on her interviews with everyone from Emma Thompson to Russell Brand, and Donald Trump to Tony Blair, as well as covering news stories such as President Clinton's affairs, Boris Johnson's race to PM, Grenfell, #MeToo, and the Paris terror attacks.

Airhead is a brilliant exposť of the moments that never make the news.

'Funny and subtly smart' GUARDIAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR


Praise for Emily Maitlis:

'We LOVE the Maitlis' Stylist
'She's just a mastermind' Dolly Alderton on The High Low
'I think people are a bit in love with Emily Maitlis, she's a brilliant interviewer' Pandora Sykes on The High Low

Praise for Airhead:

'She is a superb writer. It is a sort of greatest hits compilation' Sunday Times
'Excellent' Guardian
'A wonderfully sane book for our unhinged times' Simon Schama
'Fascinating' Mail on Sunday
'Smart, funny and brilliantly told' Elizabeth Day
'Revelatory, riveting and frequently hilarious. A joy from beginning to end' James O'Brien
'Absolutely irresistible' Jeremy Vine

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About the author (2019)

Emily Maitlis presents the BBC Flagship nightly current affairs show Newsnight and specialises in election coverage in the UK and the USA. The Canadian born Sheffield raised British television presenter and journalist began her career in Hong Kong. She lives in London with one husband, two boys, and a large whippet.

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