Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News (Hardback)
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Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 18/04/2019
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As anchor for the BBC's key political news programme, Newsnight, Emily Maitlis has interviewed some of the most powerful and controversial figures on the political scene.

She plans each interview meticulously, knowing what she wants to ask and where she wants it to go, but as one of the most experienced journalists in her field she knows that no interview will ever go to plan. Anything can throw it - from the atmosphere in the room to her own feelings at the time to the mood of the subject.

Often she leaves the interview with an entirely different perception of the interviewee, while sometimes it is all too sadly re-confirmed. Airhead explores just these moments. All we normally see are the interviews, but what were the conversations that preceded them or the shouting matches that ended them?

From her interviews with US Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton and the last five British Prime Ministers, to Hollywood film directors and powerful internet and entertainment moguls like Sheryl Sandberg and Simon Cowell, Emily Maitlis explores how these powerful personalities came across. In the process she throws an illuminating torch on them, not just for what they represent, but as individuals in their own right - with all their flaws and charms.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241362853
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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 

'The irony of this riveting, enlightening and sometimes painfully honest book is that you couldn't meet less of an airhead than Emily Maitlis - a bold, fearless journalist, a splendidly probing and well-prepared interlocutor, and a warm, sharp and witty woman at the top of her game on and off camera. I'm just very disappointed there's only one chapter about me.' - Piers Morgan

'Emily has a style that would make you enjoy her report on the end of the world. Absolutely irresistible.' - Jeremy Vine

'The irony of this riveting, enlightening and sometimes painfully honest book is that you couldn't meet less of an airhead than Emily Maitlis - a bold, fearless journalist, a splendidly probing and well-prepared interlocutor, and a warm, sharp and witty woman at the top of her game on and off camera. I'm just very disappointed there's only one chapter about me.' - Piers Morgan

'Revelatory, riveting and frequently hilarious. A joy from beginning to end.' - James O'Brien 

'A remarkable journey through the jungle of newsmaking. It combines razor-sharp analysis with compelling narrative drive and wit. A must-read.' - Matthew D'Ancona, Guardian and Evening Standard columnist

'A wonderfully sane book for our unhinged times.' - Simon Schama

'Emily has a style that would make you enjoy her report on the end of the world. Absolutely irresistible.' - Jeremy Vine

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“Brilliant, Insightful & Witty”

I loved this book. Maitlis is a wonderful writer. It is witty, profound, emotional and a great insight. Perfect for fans of journalism/news/politics/culture. I want more.

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“Well written, revealing and witty!”

I really enjoyed Airhead. Emily gives us a well written behind the scenes look at whaf happens before, during and after Newsnight interviews. There are tales from all over the world but I especially enjoyed those from... More

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“Interesting insight into the world of news coverage and high profile people”

Very well written book with snapshots of people and situations. Some really interesting impressions of people like Donald Trump and behind the scenes of the Hong Kong riots. I would certainly recommend

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