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Sam McAlister – Waterstones Gower Street

Waterstones, Gower Street, May 4, 2023 6:30 pm

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Join us for a fabulous evening with the wonderful Sam McAlister, author of Scoops, who will be in conversation with Yalda Hakim.

Scoops is a backstage pass to the most unforgettable journalism of our time.

Sam McAlister is the woman who clinched the 2019 interview with Prince Andrew, described as ‘a plane crashing into an oil tanker, causing a tsunami, triggering a nuclear explosion’.

She is many things beside: the first in her family to go to university; a trained barrister; a single mum; a master of persuasion. In her former BBC colleagues’ words, she was the ‘booker extraordinaire’, responsible for many of Newsnight’s exclusives over the past decade, including Stormy Daniels, Sean Spicer, Brigitte Höss, Steven Seagal, Mel Greig and Julian Assange.

After 12 years producing content for Newsnight, McAlister reflects with candour on her experience, sharing not just the secrets of how the best news gets made, but also the changes to the BBC, the future of ‘mainstream media’ in the age of clickbait and the role of power and privilege in shaping our media landscape.

Following the recent exciting announcement that Scoops has been snapped up by Netflix who are currently working on the film Scoop, we are delighted to be celebrating the paperback release of Scoops, on publication day itself! 

Sam will be discussing her fascinating career and Scoops with BBC presenter and journalist Yalda Hakim. 

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