Owen Bennett has penned Following Farage: On the Trail of the People’s Army, which is described as “the ultimate political road trip”.
He now holds the same position at The Huffington Post UK.
In an interview with the Gazette, Owen said: “Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP was what inspired me to write the book.
“Even though I could see the party growing, it was Carswell’s defection which made all of us working in Westminster realise this party was now a serious player.
“I had known Douglas since working for the Gazette, so while everyone else was wondering what Clacton, Frinton and the rest of the constituency was like, I could relax a little bit, since I already knew.
“Coming back to Clacton after two years away was great, and the town was clearly loving the spotlight.
“It felt more like an American mayoral election than a British by-election.
“All the nonsense after the election with Farage’s resigning and then saying he was staying on as leader didn’t cover anyone with glory, but I think Douglas actually came out of it quite well.”
Following Farage: On the Trail of the People’s Army is available now from Biteback Publishing.