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'Enormously readable...excellent' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
'A superb piece of thorough journalism' David Aaronovitch, The Times

Nigel Farage is arguably one of the most influential British politicians of the 21st century. His campaign to take the UK out of the EU began as a minority and extreme point of view, but in June 2016 it became the official policy of the nation after a divisive referendum. In Michael Crick's brilliant new biography, One Party After Another, we find out how he did it, despite never once managing to get elected to Parliament.

Farage left public school at the age of 16 to go and work in the City, but in the 1990s he was drawn into politics, joining UKIP. Ironically, it was the electoral system for the European Parliament that gave him access to a platform, and he was elected an MEP in 1999. His everyman persona, combined with a natural ability as a maverick and outspoken performer on TV, ensured that he garnered plenty of media attention. His message resonated in ways that rattled the major parties - especially the Conservatives - and suddenly the UK's membership of the EU was up for debate.

Controversy was never far away, with accusations of racism against the party and various scandals. But, having helped secure the referendum, Farage was largely sidelined by the successful official Brexit campaign. When Parliament struggled to find a way to leave, Farage created the Brexit Party to ensure Britain did eventually leave the EU early in 2020. Crick's compelling new study takes the reader into the heart of Farage's story, assessing his methods, uncovering remarkable hidden details and builds to an unmissable portrait of one of the most controversial characters in modern British politics.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 3, 2022)
  • Length: 608 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471192296

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Raves and Reviews

'Enormously readable. Farage is...too often reduced to a caricature, and one of the great qualities of Crick's book is that he turns him back into a complicated human being. Crick's Farage emerges as a surprisingly mercurial, anxious, moody figure. Although biographies of modern politicians are usually pretty dreadful, Crick's is excellent.'

– Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

'Brilliantly well researched and endlessly entertaining'

– Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

'Like those of all political upstarts, Nigel Farage’s career is marked by generous helpings of luck. His story is full of tantalising what ifs, and in this definitive biography Michael Crick makes the most of them. Crick, a notoriously tenacious political correspondent, has dug deep in the mire of Farage’s fallings-out. He is excellent at following a virtual paper trail, particularly when it involves electoral trickery. His book is fair-minded, frequently amusing.'

– David Runciman, Guardian

'Simply a superb piece of thorough journalism... If you want to know the facts about th[is] strange and discombobulating will never need to go to another place to find them. Crick...would not have been out of place in the CID... It is one of the many great virtues of Crick’s indefatigability that he supplies all the information that allows me to argue with some of his conclusions. And that is quite a recommendation.'

– David Aaronovitch, The Times

'A gripping and vivid biography... Comprehensively researched, fluently written and brimming with both funny stories and jaw-dropping ones, this is the best biography of Farage that will be written.'

– Andrew Rawnsley, Observer

‘An extended act of investigative journalism…a roller-coaster read, lurching from one sensation to another… Warts-and-all ... an admirable and intelligent biography.’

– Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

'Michael Crick argues convincingly that [Farage] is one of the top five most significant politicans of the past half century... A deeply enjoyable book, written with immense brio and enhanced by some great photos.'

– Lynn Barber, Spectator

'Absorbing, richly detailed biography... One Party After Another is both fluent and authoritative.'

– Fintan O’Toole, Times Literary Supplement

'Michael Crick [is] a writer adept at excavating information his subjects would prefer hidden. Crick has delivered a comprehensive chronicle that details...the internal squabbles and viciousness of the party’s early days, as well as his subject’s love life.'

– Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times

'Crick's enormously readable biography of the man who brought us Brexit insists that, alongside Blair and Thatcher, Farage was one of the most significant politicians of the past 50 years.'

– Sunday Times Summer Reading

'Crick offers a 360-degree view of the Brexit saga... More intriguing is his picture of Farage the man. What a picaresque life! Remainers may loathe this humanising of a hate figure...yet Crick is fair, interrogating the worst rumours.'

– Janice Turner, New Statesman

'Nigel Farage...has a good claim to be one of the most influential politicians in postwar Britain. A lively, chaotic and sometimes sinister figure (witness his close friendship with Donald Trump and admiration for Viktor Orban), Farage is an ideal subject for Crick, one of the UK's most experienced political journalists.'

– Gideon Rachman, Financial Times Best Summer Reads

'Michael Crick is a brilliant journalist with a perceptive eye, a sharp pen and an admirably Tiggerish energy in pursuit of a story.'

– Julia Langdon, Tablet

'Heavily researched and scrupulously balanced...if this gruesomely compelling biography proves one thing, it’s that mocking Farage can be an extremely risky business.'

– Andrew Lynch, Sunday Business Post

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