Emily Maitlis


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Penguin Books Ltd
17 October 2019
ISBN: 9781405938341
400 pages

From the publisher

The news has never been more prominent - but are we getting the full story? Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis gives us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest news stories and interviews of recent years

'Smart, funny and brilliantly told' Elizabeth Day
'Revelatory, riveting and frequently hilarious' James O'Brien
'Absolutely irresistible' Jeremy Vine

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 that interview with Prince Andrew.

Airhead is a brilliant expose of the moments that never make the news.

From News Presenter of the Year and 2020 BAFTA nominee

'Funny and subtly smart' GUARDIAN, BOOKS OF THE YEAR


'Deliciously funny . . . Irresistible' The Times

'[Emily] is so absolutely of the moment' Evening Standard