Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News (Paperback)Emily Maitlis (author)
One of the most recognisable faces on television news, Maitlis proves a delightfully witty and engaging navigator through the twists and turns of the broadcast media game. Brimming with behind the scenes gossip and fascinating TV trivia, Airhead is an addictive, one-sitting read.
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 expose of the moments that never make the news.
Featuring THREE exclusive new chapters.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'A wonderfully sane book for our unhinged times.' - Simon Schama
'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
'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 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
'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
'An irreverent and amusing account of her media career.' - The Times, 100 Best Books for Summer
'Smart and Broadcast News-funny, Airhead is peppered with insider anecdotes you could only pick up working on the kind of big news stories that the journalist has covered for decades.' - Daily Telegraph
'Not an autobiography but a serious book about journalism, disguised in anecdotal chapters about her encounters with the great and the good and the rather awful . . . leads the reader towards a deeper understanding of an essential part of our culture: current affairs . . . this is a book that engages at every level.' - Daily Mail
'Fascinating . . . [an] excellent book.' - Mail on Sunday
'A behind-the-scenes look at how news gets made.' - Observer
'She lifts the veil on the inner workings of the BBC, as she reflects on her long career as a journalist.' - Radio Times
'She offers insights into everyone from Donald Trump to Simon Cowell, showing them not just as what they represent, but as individuals with flaws and charm.' - The Press and Journal
'One of the best we've read this year . . . This insightful, hilarious and engrossing memoir from one of our most well-liked TV broadcasters takes you behind the scenes of the biggest news stories in recent years.' - SheerLuxe, 15 Best Beach Reads of 2019
'Recounts, one guest per chapter, a number of her interviews with the boldest of boldface figures . . . Entertaining.' - Strong Words
'A quick, absorbing read . . . my overriding impression is of rather breathless thoughtfulness . . . her formidable intelligence and self-deprecating awareness shine brightly.' - Times Higher Education
'We love the Maitlis.' - Stylist
'The Newsnight presenter reads her memoirs with her usual dignified delivery . . . Her amusing, internal asides during interviews with Simon Cowell and Bill Clinton have something wonderfully gossipy about them.' - Guardian, The best audiobooks of the year
'Emily Maitlis is a particular hero of mine . . . I know I'm in for a treat with Airhead.' - Gaby Huddart, Editor-in-chief, Good Housekeeping
'Emily Maitlis is one of my favourite interviewers and I want to read her tales of interviewing people such as Donald Trump, Theresa May and Simon Cowell.' - Catriona Shearer, Sunday Mail
'A fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into modern television news.' - Time & Leisure Magazine
'It's a brilliant, often funny, behind-the-scenes account of her working life, written by one of Britain's best television broadcasters. It proves she's far from an airhead!' - John Craven
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