James Kelman’s brilliant and complex character study tells the story of one week in a man's life, in which he decides to change the way he lives.

Set in Glasgow, A Disaffection is written in the Scottish dialect in a stream-of-consciousness style. Patrick Doyle is a 29-year-old teacher in an ordinary comprehensive 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.

The Booker Prize 1989
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Secker & Warburg
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James Kelman

James Kelman

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James Kelman was born in Glasgow. His novel How Late It Was, How Late won the 1994 Booker Prize.
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