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Spotlight on The Big Read Airhead

Each year at EHU we are super excited to be a part of the Big Read – our shared reading scheme run in partnership with Kingston University.

This year we chose the book ‘Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News’ by Emily Maitlis. Emily is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and newsreader. She presents BBC Two ‘s Newsnight programme and worked for the BBC on reporting the US election.

Airhead is an engaging collection of Emily’s biggest interviews with politicians, celebrities and international leaders including the Dalai Lama, Simon Cowell, Theresa May, Donald Trump, Emma Thompson, Prince Andrew, David Attenborough, Bill Clinton Piers Morgan – and even The Chippendales!
If you’re a new EHU undergraduate student you should have received a copy in the post before you arrived. We do hope that you enjoyed the read and that it’s given you something in common to chat about as you make new friends at university.

If you didn’t receive your copy before starting at EHU, just email us and we’ll arrange for you to have your own copy.

We also have copies of Airhead in the non-fiction section in the Catalyst – so next time you’re on campus pop in and pick up a copy.

We have plenty planned in to help you get the most out of The Big Read:

  • Meet Emily Maitlis
    Emily will be spending some time with us on campus in person or virtually soon – keep an eye out for details including how you get your free ticket.
    In the meantime, Emily wants us to share a special message with you:

    “I would say that, I’m an author, now. But I never thought I would be when I was starting University. I just wanted to fit in, not embarrass myself, not be exposed. I want you to have bigger ambitions than I did. Don’t be scared to ask questions, ask for things, question things you don’t understand. And don’t start worrying about the future yet. That will change before you even get close. I hope you enjoy this year. Cheer the things that go right. And keep a record of everything that goes wrong. You will look back and laugh about it all one day.”
  • Join our online Book Clubs
    Immerse yourself in the interviews and have the chance to share your thoughts with fellow students and subject specialists
  • Read for pleasure
    If you’re an established reader or you’ve just picked it up and have enjoyed this year’s Big Read, we have lots of suggestions and opportunities for you. Reading for pleasure brings you a whole range of benefits, from making reading academic texts easier to transporting you to new worlds, real and imagined
  • Follow us @EHUBigRead for our latest book recommendations, borrow a book from the Catalyst or choose from a selection off our Book Swap shelves upstairs in the Hub and at Reception in the Student Administration Building reception

Find out more

Keep an eye on The Big Read webpage and @EHUBigRead to get the most out of this year’s bestseller!