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Airhead

The Imperfect Art of Making News
Narrated by: Emily Maitlis
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Airhead, written and read by Emily Maitlis.  

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 reconfirmed. 

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.    

©2019 Emily Maitlis (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Amazing book

Brilliantly written, brilliantly narrated by an amazing journalist & broadcaster with an amazing voice. It can only be Emily Maitlis. Captivating from start to finish.

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  • StevieP
  • 04-30-19

Fascinating

An interesting view behind the scenes of a TV news reporter - but much more than that, a poignant assessment of TV news in the time of Trump, social media and ever increasing avenues of reporting. Above all, a fascinating insight into the “front woman” on our screens, her doubts and fears, triumphs and disappointments and the personal cost of being “above the parapet”

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  • Benjamin
  • 04-26-19

A rather brilliant and all too brief glimpse into what it is to make the news

A rather brilliant and all too brief glimpse into what it is to make the news. Some parts made me laugh out loud at the image and absurdity of it all. Lots of subjects covered. Makes me want to watch Newsnight more than I do. Will change that. Trump is depressingly mentioned a lot; what a dickhead that man is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to.

So funny, insightful and heartwarming. An incredibly interesting book, and Maitlis’ writing and performance really bring this behind the scenes look at broadcast journalism to life. I’ll be listening to my favourite chapters again, no doubt.

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  • Romanie Thomas
  • 11-28-19

Authentic and funny

So many laugh out loud moments and full credit to Emily Maitlis for calling herself out at regular intervals. Even when the truth put her in a bad light. She comes across as trustworthy and narrates superbly.

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  • Annie H.
  • 08-24-19

Dodgy accents, brilliant stories

I love Emily Maitlis after listening!
Really interesting if you’re into the ins and outs of journalism/news reporting/television and how it all works.

She does some pretty questionable accents when reading quotes from Trump etc but I forgive her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

Absolutely loved it!

I was genuinely sad to reach the end - what an insightful witty and moving collection of experiences (ft some of the world’s most fascinating and baffling people)!

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  • Bridget
  • 12-05-19

Brilliant

Intelligent, compassionate and funny. Highly recommended. Beautifully read too by the author. This is the best audiobook I've listened to this year.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-19

Bloody marvellous

Excellent and fascinating book made all the more enjoyable by being read by the author .

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  • Katherine
  • 10-11-19

Excellent

The writing is brilliant and the narration is perfect. The book gives you a real insight into both the process of making the news but also all the characters involved. Insightful, amusing and fascinating. If it hadn't been 1am I would have finished the whole book in one day.

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  • Ms Cherry P Heinrich
  • 08-21-19

Highly recommended

Downloaded this on other listeners' recommendation and so glad I did. It's one of the best I've heard in 8 years. Also better than reading the book as in Emily's own clear, warm voice. She is incisive, self-deprecating, funny and honest. I've watched Newsnight for years but it's so illuminating to hear how it is on the other side. My only crit is it could have been longer - but I can see the eye roll!

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  • jackie b
  • 06-16-19

Intelligent, insightful, classy

Emily strikes a beautiful balance -protraying the oft madness of the journalist life and its significant impact on family life. She doesn't sugar coat her recollections of interviews, reports , tv work, and is likeably self depreciating on reflection, accepting when she got things wrong - although most often right. The Russell Brand chapter is a winner alone !!