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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


10 thoughts on “Airhead

  1. says:

    Whistle stop tour of some of the memorable 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 presenters to 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 allows insight into her work and because of her openness perhaps reveals far than 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.


  2. 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 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 far engaging 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. says:

    I thought this might be of 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 is of 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 the memorable 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.


  4. says:

    I enjoyed Airhead It s of 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 little background 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 once upon 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.


  5. 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 that often than not, broadcasting is cock 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.


  6. says:

    Great insight into the world of TV newsEmily Maitlis gives you the low down on life on the road interviewing politicians as well as the odd ChippendaleIt s an easy read with some great anecdotes, particularly the Bill Clinton gift shop one and gives you some great insight into the pressures and processes that go into making TV interviews despite the sometime chaos that is happening off camera.You even get the background on how she starred in the latest Alan Partridge show too


  7. says:

    Insightful and entertaining


  8. says:

    I was very kindly given an e ARC of this book through Netgalley, Michael Joseph and Penguin Random House UK Have you ever wondered what went into making news stories What happened before and after the cameras began to roll, what was going through the interviewers mind when they asked the all important questions This book, a memoir of some of the most memorable moment in journalist Emily Maitlis career attempts to give just a small peek into the life of the Newsnight host This is not a book about her childhood nor one about the way she got into news Instead, it s a unique perspective on some of the most influential figures and the biggest events that have stunned global society that she has met and debated over the course of her career at Newsnight Maitlis is a born writer her prose is sharp, funny and personable You can truly feel the emotion pouring through the pages as you read She is a deeply empathetic person and you can see how, even when she s grilling her subjects, she has for some a great respect and for others, simmering contempt Moreover, she is observant, as any good journalist should be and translates the small idiosyncrasies that reflection can bring into fascinating accounts of some of the world s most incredible figures I have my personal favourite chapters, of course Maitlis opens the book with her account of meeting Donald Trump at his Miss America Pageant, his Scotland golf course and his New York tower and, rather than focusing on an interview, chooses to examine her thoughts on the man himself It s fascinating to read her opinions on him and how, though she never says she dislikes him, it s clear she has little respect for a man who would hand you rancid steak and tell you it was filet mignon Some of her chapters are witty and humorous she describes an interview with hero Jon Stewart about his film Rosewater, another where David Attenborough cleverly calls Brexit a study in anthropology, interviewing Anthony Scaramucci live on television two minutes after meeting him and even meeting some Las Vegas Chippendales to discuss the MeToo movement But where Maitlis really shines is in the hard hitting stuff, the interviews that were complex and messy and hard to talk about With frankness and empathy, she talks about her interviews after Harvey Weinstein was revealed to be a predator one with actress Emma Thompson and the other with Weinstein s former assistant With great emotion she discusses the aftermath of the Grenfell Fire, which happened in her community, and her volunteering at pop up shelters for members of her neighbourhood who needed help Her criticism of the government is most biting here she interviewed Theresa May shortly after and is, as she writes, dissatisfied with the response of the PM She writes of her dispatches from Budapest, where migrants from Syria gathered, hoping to find a better life in Europe This book is excellent A series of snapshots that run together with the knowledge we are being let into an exclusive club, one that viewers don t get to see once Newsnight has gone off the air Airhead is frank, funny, personable and most importantly, necessary A great study in human psychology by one of Britain s finest journalists Airhead The Imperfect Art of Making News by Emily Maitlis will be released in the UK on May 28th, 2019.


  9. says:

    The chapter titled Double Deaf Disco was the highlight of Airhead and was very funny the same way that one song at a live gig could be worth the price of entry on its own Emily Maitlis is anything but an airhead, she is Newsnight s female version of Jeremy Paxman I hope that is not received as being sexist or patronising Most of her chapters cover interviews with important people like Trump, Blair, Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton but they are not particularly interesting For example, contrast her impressions of Donald Trump with that of Selina Scott Selina went after Trump big time and set the scene for how most of us think about Trump and his treatment of women I don t want to insult both broadcasters at the same time but Emily Maitlis is usually a far better journalist, reporter, broadcaster and interviewer than Selina but on Trump positions were reversed The point I m making is that an interview or chapter should only be included if it stands out a few are miss than hit The description of Dalai Lama is mocking and dull, yes his English is broken and he laughs a lot, so what Emily s opinions about fellow broadcasters are far flattering than the makers and shakers mentioned above Are the Morgan s and Stewart s of this world really as ground breaking and important as she and they think The chapter on Cuba is a useful insight into the restrictions of a police state The chapter on stalking is horrific and very powerful Emily and other victims of stalking have my full sympathy Russell Brand is the one interviewee who is a match for one of television s best interviewers and normally does the upstaging Emily s expertise on biscuits is another amusing inclusion and so they rightly suggest, a taste for penguin biscuits can be a sign of an addictive personality I would call their encounter a draw The strengths of this book is that it briefly covers or refers to significant recent events including Brexit which she appears bored by same old and the Grenfell Tower Fire which she and the public were rightly moved by Readers will come away with an understanding of the hectic pace and demands of her fascinating job and despite the book s shortcomings, what an intelligent, interesting and capable person Emily Maitlis is I give the book 4 stars out of 5 but 4 of the 4 stars are for four chapters alone Double Deaf Disco Russell Brand and his penguin biscuits the white woman who decided she was really black and the powerful chapter on stalking.


  10. says:

    Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter, gives the low down on some of her memorable interviews over the last few years, such as Donald Trump, David Attenborough and even with the Dali Lama who talked about poo She details the back story behind these moments on air how they came about how they ended the compromises that were made and the regrets, rows and comedy behind the scenes This gives a glimpse of what really happens when Newsnight attempts to tell the stories behind the current news and simplify things down to one soundbite Making news is an imperfect art and does not always go to plan First of all, I love the title of this book Emily Maitlis is indeed an airhead a figure head of the Newsnight programme on air but is also has the negative connotation of being associated with a empty headed woman , and any woman in television is inevitably going to struggle with this label when she is performing in a the male dominated arena of a serious news programme Very clever, as are you, Emily Maitlis definitely not an empty headed woman She is very frank about the regrets and doubts that surface after the event , when the often frantic atmosphere around an interview has died down Should she have asked a particular question, or phrased it in a different way, now she has the perspective of hindsight Of course, these are impossible questions, because you have to think on your feet in the world of news and as Emily Maitlis explains, there are many constraints that dictate how an interview turns out It is easy to think differently looking back on things, especially when events have taken an unexpected turn later on the election of Donald Trump, for instance I think this shows great integrity This is not a memoir, as such, but a glimpse into how news stories are made There are only bits and pieces about how working as a television journalist affects your home and family life in the main, but there is a very personal chapter about dealing with a stalker, who has dogged Emily since university days She has clearly found it difficult and painful to talk about this publicly, which is not a surprise Thank you for your honesty, Emily, because I really think your openness will help others to talk about their own experiences with stalkers This is a very accessible, frank and funny look into the world of news, and it has made me think about what may actually be behind the soundbites that grab the headlines.