Length: 384 Pages
'A WONDERFULLY SANE BOOK FOR OUR UNHINGED TIMES' Simon Schama
If you think you know the news, think again.
In this behind-the-scenes, no holds barred account of life on Newsnight in the seconds before, during and after going on air, Emily Maitlis discloses the wrangling, bust-ups, blow-ups, pleading, last-second script-shreddings, scoops, walk-outs and unexpected love-ins that we never see on-screen.
Covering everything from the Paris terror attacks to Grenfell, #MeToo to President Clinton's love affairs, Boris Johnson, goat yoga, and interviews with everyone from Emma Thompson and Tony Blair to Donald Trump and Russell Brand, Airhead is a brilliant exposé of the moments that never make the news.
'Vividly chronicles the pains and perils of news television' Guardian
'Emily has a style that would make you enjoy her report on the end of the world' Jeremy Vine
'Fluent, conversational and funny. Acerbic, hilarious' Evening Standard
'Searing honesty, compassion, intelligence . . . engages at every level' Daily Mail
'Irresistible. Her book's a romp' The Times
Length: 384 Pages
Maitlis has written a deliciously funny book about the high-wire act of broadcasting and the madness that surrounds it. Lots of famous presenters have written books but Maitlis' is different . . . Irresistible. She sounds great company . . . Her book's a romp
Maitlis paints a vivid picture of the intensity and unpredictability that come with her assignments, which punctures the perceived glamour of life reporting the news . . . Her writing is excellent: precise, economical and accessible
She is a superb writer, used to throwing together pacy, engaging scripts at a second's notice. Each chapter is dedicated to one of her interviews - it is a sort of greatest-hits compilation
[Emily] is so absolutely of the moment, a quasi-memoir could not be better timed. Airhead is a compilation of her greatest hits. And boy are there many . . . narrated in her snappy, chatty style . . . her asides are acerbic, her observations hilarious
Airhead is, like its author, funny, wise, self-deprecating and insightful
Smart, funny and brilliantly told stories about what goes on behind the scenes of television news. A joy
Revelatory, riveting and frequently hilarious. A joy from beginning to end
A remarkable journey through the jungle of newsmaking. It combines razor-sharp analysis with compelling narrative drive and wit. A must-read
A wonderfully sane book for our unhinged times
Emily has a style that would make you enjoy her report on the end of the world. Absolutely irresistible