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 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
'Smart, funny and brilliantly told' Elizabeth Day
'Searing honesty, compassion, intelligence . . . engages at every level' Daily Mail
'Irresistible. Her book's a romp' The Times
THE TIMES & DAILY MAIL TOP 100 BOOKS OF SUMMER
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
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
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 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