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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (1 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849548692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849548694
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 3.1 x 21.8 cm
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"An eyewitness, behind-the-scenes account of exactly how the wheels can fall off any bandwagon. Ukippers ought to read it, but they won't dare. Everyone else will wet their pants." --Fleet Street Fox

"[...] a colourful insight into the whackier fringes of Kipperdom." --Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian

About the Author

Owen Bennett is a political journalist working in Westminster. After starting out in local newspapers, he joined the Daily Express, becoming its online political reporter. He then led the political coverage for the Mirror online, and is currently political reporter for the Huffington Post UK. Owen is a regular contributor to the BBC and Sky News and has written for the New Statesman website and other political blogs.


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Owen gives a brilliant cover of Nigel and ukip, a pity more people cannot see Farage as the only one who speaks the truth, sees what is happening and tells you what is going to happen, i also think Owen Bennett is a Nigel fan and a Brexit follower, he should get on board with his book the train is leaving the station and it would be a sad day for everyone if mr. Bennett is left behind
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If you are a dedicated Ukip supporter, you're unlikely to like the way you're portrayed in Following Farage: The Ultimate Political Road Trip, even though Owen Bennett finds some nice things to say about both Winston McKenzie and Godfrey Bloom. That's because Bennett recounts in amusing detail, often with the mesmerising quality of watching a car crash, Ukip members again and again veer from preppy populism into disorganisation, offensiveness or both.

For over two years Bennett followed Ukip and Farage himself closely, and in this book gives plenty of the cast of Ukip the chance to speak at length about controversial views and incidents.

Most of the time, the more detail there is, the worse things get (including Ukip's quite remarkably ability to drown its own good news in controversies). However occasionally - as with the extended quotes from Winston McKenzie or the very warm reception Ukip conference gave to Kellie Mahoney which she talked about the struggles of being a transsexual - this approach brings out a more sympathetic side too.

Following Farage is like a travel book, save that the itinerary is political and the venues usually places whose tourist heydays are well behind them. As Owen Bennett says at the start, "In place of expertise, I offer you anecdotes. In place of objectivity, I offer you the opinions of a hack."

There are plenty of those opinions, not only of Ukip but also of himself, his boss, his sometime newspaper proprietor Richard Desmond (whose ability to find money to donate to Ukip but not give his staff any pay increases comes in for a lot of criticism), along with sundry others.
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Have read quite a few political books and have found some them quite a heavy and turgid read ,but this funny and witty account of the UKIP party and their leader is written from a different angle .Whilst the author is not a fan of UKIP his quest to understand how the party and particularly it's leader ticks,takes the reader on an
interesting journey and through the interviews cuts through all the the headlines and wild stories and gives the reader a frank and honest insight into the personality of Farage
as well as his party members.Love all the little personal details of the author himself
which gives the book a human feel rather than just an account of a political party .
An easy read if you are interested in reading about politics but don't know where to start .
Some laugh out loud moments !
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Really funny book - stuff to love if you're pro-Farage or not. Easy to read and entertaining. A real insight into what it's like to be a journalist today as well
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Reading it at the moment, well written and a highly enjoyable account (with tongue very firmly in cheek) of the recent history of UKIP.
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This is a really good book. It's a pacy and enlightening book seeking to get to the bottom of UKIP and the people who have made it happen. It's not a heavy read. It's about two journeys - that of the author and that of UKIP over the last two years or so. The author has a good style and he invites you to share his experiences as he tries to get to the bottom of UKIP. I thoroughly recommend it.
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A welcome guidebook to the tumultuous rise of UKIP, its personalities, its succes and its fumbles in the years leading up to the general election. Following Farage helps to make sense (as much as any account could) of the internal workings of a chaotic party comprised of strong characters, as it experienced growth under constant scrutiny.

An interesting and humanising additional camera angle on years of UKIP headline news stories and the fuel it provided for public debate.

The first person account handles well the often-amusing experiences of a young journalist with the necessary self-effacing attitude to keep the subject, the people's army, in focus.

Following Farage further offers a glimpse into Westminster's uneasy mutual dependency between political journalists and politicians, along with that relationship's differing presentation in and out of the public's gaze.
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loved this book, the language is colourful and satirical (very I have I got News for You) , as someone who isn't totally involved in politics, I found this book refreshing and an interesting take on UKIP who I am no fan of but found myself smiling and laughing out loud at Farage's antics, especially the colour of his trousers!!!. The book chapters are a play on word of famous war films so you can expect the same tongue and cheek narrative through-out. However joking aside there are some great moments of history captured here and gives you an insight into how politics works not how it is perceived.
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