Review: Airhead by Emily Maitlis

Title: Airhead

Author: Emily Maitlis

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

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.


The Review

I’ll be honest, I am more of a channel 4 news kinda gal and although I had seen Emily Maitlis on the news on the BBC I wasn’t really aware of just how prolific her career as an investigative journalist she was.

That all changed after watching that interview – you know the one I mean – and I instantly wanted to find out more about her career.

By all accounts she has led a fascinating life. The places she has been and the people she has met are amazing. However, what comes across in her memoir is just how humbled she is by her experiences and how she always strives to do better.

Airhead is a must read. It is a fascinating social document about the world we live in.

Airhead by Emily Maitlis is available now.

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