- 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
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army Paperback – 1 Jul 2015
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 !
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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What a great read.
I love the anecdotes, talks with some of the party's most prominent figures and the diary-style element to it. Read more
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