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Behind the Scenes of the BBC's Most Shocking Interviews

Sam McAlister

The secrets of BBC Newsnight's ‘booker extraordinaire' who found her way to Buckingham Palace
9780861544400 (14 Jul 2022)
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The Book

The secrets of a former BBC producer who found her way to Buckingham Palace 

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 Hoss, Steven Seagal, Mel Greig and Julian Assange.

This is a backstage pass to the most unforgettable journalism of our times. 

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Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Sam McAlister was the first in her family to go to university, before training to be a criminal barrister. As a single mum, she decided her real passion was in news. Now BAFTA-nominated for her work with BBC Newsnight, McAlister's hard-won exclusives have shaped the public conversation.