Reviews

  • Anyone who has spent this election campaign shouting at the TV needs a copy of Emily Maitlis's Airhead in their Christmas stocking. It's funny and subtly smart, taking the reader behind the camera

    Guardian, Best Politics Books of 2019
  • 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

    The Times
  • 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

    Guardian
  • 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

    The Sunday Times
  • [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

    Evening Standard
  • She recounts the interviews of her career, from the great, the good and the questionable, offering insights into the questions that illuminated their characters and the ones they dodged. A chapter on being the target of a stalker reveals her more vulnerable side in this compelling book

    Observer
  • Airhead is, like its author, funny, wise, self-deprecating and insightful

    You Magazine
  • Smart, funny and brilliantly told stories about what goes on behind the scenes of television news. A joy

    Elizabeth Day
  • Revelatory, riveting and frequently hilarious. A joy from beginning to end

    James O'Brien
  • A wonderfully sane book for our unhinged times

    Simon Schama