Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News

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Penguin UK, Apr 18, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 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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The 2 a m Call
Got into Television by Not Speaking Chinese
Two Days with President Clinton
The Umbrella Movement Hong Kong
The End of His Daily Show
The Migrant March from Budapest Central Station
One Hour in a HotAir Balloon
An Airport Hotel with the Dalai Lama
Arrested in Cuba
A Gathering of Neighbours
Was Accidentally Accused of Running a CIA Black Site
The Fire at Grenfell Tower
How Addiction Starts with a Penguin Biscuit
Piers Morgan Becomes a Feminist
Emma Thompson on Harvey Weinstein
Steve Bannon Emerges from the Shadows for His First

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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.