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.
INCLUDING A NEW CHAPTER ON HER NEWSNIGHT INTERVIEW WITH PRINCE ANDREW
'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
'[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 exposé of the moments that never make the news.
'Funny and subtly smart' GUARDIAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
DAILY MAIL 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
'A wonderfully sane book for our unhinged times' Simon Schama
'Fascinating' Mail on Sunday
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
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
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