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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News
  • Emily Maitlis
  • 24 March 2019
  • 0241362857

10 thoughts on “Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Well, clearly Emily Maitliss, presenter of the BBC s flagship Newsnight programme, is no Airhead but the consummate professional interrogator and interviewer This is not really an autobiography, and there is little in the way of any meaningful spotlight on her personal and private life Instead, this is a commentary on the nature of the news business, where so often the best laid plans go awry, looking at our contemporary world with its political and social realities, and the collection of oft Well, clearly Emily Maitliss, presenter of the BBC s flagship Newsnight programme, is no Airhead but the consummate professional interrogator and interviewer This is not really an autobiography, and there is little in the way of any meaningful spotlight on her personal and private life Instead, this is a commentary on the nature of the news business, where so often the best laid plans go awry, looking at our contemporary world with its political and social realities, and the collection of often memorable interviews conducted by the ambitious Maitlis Written in an easy reading style, there are an array of anecdotes, the back stories, soundbites, and compromises integral to TV news and interviews, giving us a well observed and insightful glimpse, coverage into the behind scenes world that is Maitlis s everyday life The interviews cover leading global figures, from politics, such as US presidents, the arts, like Emma Thompson, and religion, like the Dalai Lamai, alongside a raft of other celebrities.I can t say that I thought every interview she has conducted has been a success, but there have been some excellent ones She is confident, hard nosed, skilful, and effective, often witty and humorous, and even compassionate on occasion This is a light, well written and entertaining read that throws some light on the complex, perceptive and intelligent personality that is Emily Maitless, with brief coverage of her personal troubles with a stalker Maitlis has since added an additional bow to her stellar career with her recent groundbreaking interview with Prince Andrew that made headlines around the world I rcommend this to all those who are interested in the world of TV news, portrayed through the life of one of the leading talented BBC news presenters Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph


  2. SueKich SueKich says:

    Maitlis, mascara and mastering the art of the tv interview There s no getting away from it Emily Maitlis is ordinately well turned out She s immaculately groomed right down to her no doubt flawless cuticles It s not just a key component of the Maitlis signature style, it s an essential part of who La Maitlis is and her appearance is simply one further iteration of her meticulous preparation for an interview This book is not an intimate self portrait, quite the opposite It s an account Maitlis, mascara and mastering the art of the tv interview There s no getting away from it Emily Maitlis is ordinately well turned out She s immaculately groomed right down to her no doubt flawless cuticles It s not just a key component of the Maitlis signature style, it s an essential part of who La Maitlis is and her appearance is simply one further iteration of her meticulous preparation for an interview This book is not an intimate self portrait, quite the opposite It s an account of her most recent memorable interviews how they were set up, the points in the interview that struck her as important and her feelings as the interview was concluded was it a job well done, did her viewers gain any insights, did she land the soccer punch that makes for great telly Interestingly, she talks about a kind of tv time warp how everything is distilled into one snapshot, one soundbite Then the new cycle moves on Equally fascinating is her take on interviews for which she s had the time to prepare thoroughly versus the stomach churning excitement she feels when she goes for it and grabs an unexpected opening that has presented itself Her fly by the seat of your pants interviews are bordering on legendary her nabbing of Anthony Scaramucci on the White House lawn is surely unforgettable and boy was that ever a short window of opportunity As for the crouch in the lift to apply the mascara moments, which female amongst us who cares about her appearance has not been seized by a similar moment of blind panic Will I look alright It s all done in bite size, eminently readable chunks She is a farengaging writer than I had expected her to be I wonder why I d thought her rather too cool a customer could this be the impeccable grooming But in fact she shows warmth and empathy in abundance Of course, she s as hard nosed as it comes when she needs to be, relentlessly pursuing an interviewee she wants at the risk of incurring their wrath And whilst there wasn t quite as much of the personal side in Airhead as we might like there to be, that s not what she wanted this book to be about The woman we see here is a consummate professional who can only be admired And yes, liked I wish her and her family well


  3. Richard Richard says:

    Whistle stop tour of some of thememorable moments in recent years that has moulded and brought Newsnight s Emily Maitlis to TV news and current affairs watchers attention.Elections, Donald Trump and Brexit have brought such presentersto the forefront despite the frustration that political interviews and programmes drone on about stuff we find altogether boring Emily Maitlis is a driven journalist in a male dominated world who beyond her natural good looks has succeeded at the BBC an Whistle stop tour of some of thememorable moments in recent years that has moulded and brought Newsnight s Emily Maitlis to TV news and current affairs watchers attention.Elections, Donald Trump and Brexit have brought such presentersto the forefront despite the frustration that political interviews and programmes drone on about stuff we find altogether boring Emily Maitlis is a driven journalist in a male dominated world who beyond her natural good looks has succeeded at the BBC and fronted Newsnight with a degree of grace and an ear for a story.Post Paxman she has come to our attention but she has been around for longer than than we may think Airhead The Imperfect Art of Making News is Maitlis at her best describing what in her professional life she loves most Getting that killer interview, remembering to ask the right questions and delivering a piece to camera that provides clarity and context Here in a book format she is able to unpack this process and explain her fears, rationale and motivations to be the best she can and tell those stories.I found the book a compelling read the many interviewees all have something to say and her role is secondary to the whole She is honest, fearless, reflective and empathetic in this process and that comes across in her writing and recalling these meetings How they came about, the issues at that time, what needed to be addressed and why sometimes things don t go to plan.It is her dry humour that also gets conveyed and I get no sense of a woman who feels she is the leading star or the main player What translates is her sense of teamwork, a shared vision and focus coupled with the support and encouragement she receives and reciprocates to her Newsnight buddies.Emily s humility also shines through Although not a perfectionist she worries if she missed something out or came over too forcibly She cares about those she meets and isn t just out for a good sound bite.She comprehends the agenda of the politician or celebrity and why it isn t always possible to elicit the answers she desires But she still beats herself up if she feels she has been overtaxing or too soft in her questioning.Above all she is an intelligent journalist, a hard working individual and the consummate professional Her book is refreshing and illuminating and allowsinsight into her work and because of her openness perhaps reveals farthan she d say if someone else interviewed her.I hope Airhead is widely read, it isn t a dry political read but a commentary on our busy modern lives It is a book that will appeal to a broad section of readers since it is well written, engaging and filled with wit, emotion and energy However, the quality that stands out most is the author s integrity


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I thought this might beof a memoir, but we only get tiny glimpses into Maitlis s own life she mentions in passing that she was born in Sheffield, that a relative escaped from Nazi Germany, and a chapter is dedicated to her experience of being stalked for the past 20 years Airhead isof a collection of snippets from previous interviews Maitlis has done throughout her career While each chapter is not all that long it really feels like the reader gets an insight into each individual I thought this might beof a memoir, but we only get tiny glimpses into Maitlis s own life she mentions in passing that she was born in Sheffield, that a relative escaped from Nazi Germany, and a chapter is dedicated to her experience of being stalked for the past 20 years Airhead isof a collection of snippets from previous interviews Maitlis has done throughout her career While each chapter is not all that long it really feels like the reader gets an insight into each individual which is not widely known by those who have not had the opportunity to interview them Some of thememorable chapters featured the Dalai Lama, Piers Morgan, Emma Thompson, David Attenborough, Anthony Scaramucci and Donald Trump Recommended Thank you Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.


  5. Lyndsey Jenkins Lyndsey Jenkins says:

    I m really disappointed in this She makes so many important points about journalistic ethics, but the format based around specific interviews never allows a sustained analysis to develop There is a great book in here which didn t get written.


  6. Eoin McGrath Eoin McGrath says:

    Stunning collection of vignettes, which in a great way, is preferable to a full blown memoir I feel some parts could go deeper, but that being said, it s understandablyof a journalistic account.


  7. Rob Rob says:

    I bought this because I liked Maitlis on Newsnight skewering politicians with her sharp intellect and curious mind and think this book is rubbish precisely because she seems to have been told to tone down the quick thinking and opt instead for nauseating accounts of her crush on Simon Cowell It s a massive let down, and I really wish she d not bothered trying to gloss over her intelligence lest it was too much for the alpha males of the BBC to cope with and just written a book from her brain ra I bought this because I liked Maitlis on Newsnight skewering politicians with her sharp intellect and curious mind and think this book is rubbish precisely because she seems to have been told to tone down the quick thinking and opt instead for nauseating accounts of her crush on Simon Cowell It s a massive let down, and I really wish she d not bothered trying to gloss over her intelligence lest it was too much for the alpha males of the BBC to cope with and just written a book from her brain rather than this terrible hash of very smart woman meets Bella It s garbage


  8. Sid Nuncius Sid Nuncius says:

    I enjoyed Airhead It sof a collection of vignettes that a full memoir, which means that I tended to dip in and out of it, but a few sections at a time make very good reading Each section describes a memorable interview or event which Emily Maitlis reported on, with background detail and some personal reflections.This isn t really an autobiography or even a memoir We get personal details of Maitlis s life and career only as they impinge on the story she s covering at the time like the I enjoyed Airhead It sof a collection of vignettes that a full memoir, which means that I tended to dip in and out of it, but a few sections at a time make very good reading Each section describes a memorable interview or event which Emily Maitlis reported on, with background detail and some personal reflections.This isn t really an autobiography or even a memoir We get personal details of Maitlis s life and career only as they impinge on the story she s covering at the time like the Grenfell Tower disaster, because she lives close by and spent the day working as a volunteer there and I could have done with a littlebackground Nonetheless, she is quite self critical and examines her motives and actions in some depth at times she gives a very good flavour of some of the ethical dilemmas faced by reporters and doesn t always conclude that she did the right thing I found this aspect of the book very interesting and rather admirable.The book is well structured and prose is very readable, although perhaps inevitably there is sometimes a little too much journalistic punchiness for my taste You know the sort of thing talking of Hungary, The eyes of the world are onceupon it But not in the way of old That trick of a full stop and new, verbless sentence, rather than a comma can get a bit wearing after a while She doesn t overdo it too badly, but it did grate on me a bit.Maitlis emerges from the book as thoughtful, intelligent and perceptive with a surprisingly deep vein of self doubt which probably contributes to those qualities There are some amusing moments, too, which always helps and I can recommend this as a readable, interesting and insightful book My thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC via NetGalley


  9. Graham Graham says:

    Anecdotal account of some of the author smemorable interviews Provides an insight on the haphazard nature of reporting and the simplification that TV requires imposes Mostly forgettable.


  10. Mary Picken Mary Picken says:

    Emily Maitlis has a really uplifting writing style which makes this book a joy to read Coupled with a sense of self doubt and a humour that is sometimes wry and which she occasionally turns on herself, this makes Airhead a delightful and fast read.This is not an autobiography rather it is a series of anecdotes and memorable interviews Maitlis has conducted She wanted, she says, to show thatoften than not, broadcasting iscock up than conspiracy She does that, but in doing so, she Emily Maitlis has a really uplifting writing style which makes this book a joy to read Coupled with a sense of self doubt and a humour that is sometimes wry and which she occasionally turns on herself, this makes Airhead a delightful and fast read.This is not an autobiography rather it is a series of anecdotes and memorable interviews Maitlis has conducted She wanted, she says, to show thatoften than not, broadcasting iscock up than conspiracy She does that, but in doing so, she also shows us that in a fast moving news environment keeping your head is everything if you are to deliver that interview.Her interviewees range from Donald Trump at the Miss USA Beauty Pageant to Sheryl Sandberg on grief to Emma Thompson and the Chippendales on MeToo and Theresa May after Grenfell.The Grenfell Tower chapter is particularly poignant Maitlis and her neighbours were volunteering after the fire, helping to find clothing, personal hygiene materials, food and shelter for the rescued residents Interviewing Theresa May in the aftermath of a completely horrendous situation, her own feelings were less than calm.She discusses Piers Morgan in an almost affectionate way but her best moments come when she is commenting as an aside on people or events She relates the story of being in India to interview Bill Clinton on part of the Clinton Foundation s work there on HIV Afterwards, in her hotel, she is looking longingly at a cashmere pashmina when she sees the former President walk in Embarrassed to be seen coveting such luxury after spending the day contemplating the poverty of India, she winds the pashmina over her face, only to see Bill Clinton walk over to the book table and pick up a beautifully decorated copy of the Kama Sutra.She is very funny on her interview with the Dalai Lama, whom she slowly comes to realise will not give her a straight answer to any question she asks It is, she reflects, just like talking to any blustering politician.She worries about her frizzy hair, lack of sleep and hastily put on make up when she s out on location, yet she leaves us with the impression of a woman who is at the top of her game who can balance the personal and the political in interviews and come out with the right mix and who is thoughtful and intelligent when considering the questions to be asked.Airhead is anything but vacuous it is a series of beautifully observed interviews from the interviewer s perspective, told with compassion, wit and elegance much like the lady herself.Verdict Well written, wry, perceptive and intelligent anecdotes from a well travelled journalist


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Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News 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 confirmedAirhead 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


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