A Disaffection

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Vintage, 1999 - Fiction - 337 pages
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Patrick Doyle is a 29-year-old teacher in an ordinary school. Disaffected, frustrated and increasingly bitter at the system he is employed to maintain, Patrick begins his rebellion, fuelled by drink and his passionate, unrequited love for a fellow teacher. A Disaffection is the apparently straightforward story of one week in a man's life in which he decides to change the way he lives. Under the surface, however, lies a brilliant and complex examination of class, human culture and character written with irony, tenderness, enormous anger and, above all, the honesty that has marked James Kelman as one of the most important writers in contemporary Britain.

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Patrick Doyle, a 29-year-old Glasgow schoolteacher, feels hopelessly trapped in a life of compromise and hypocrisy. A closet revolutionary who believes that all teachers are Establishment lackeys ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. His books include Not not while the giro, The Busconductor Hines, A Chancer, Greyhound for breakfast, which won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize, and A Disaffection, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, How late it was, how late won the 1994 Booker Prize. James Kelman lives in Glasgow with his wife and two daughters.

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