A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

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Life is tough and cheerless for Billy Casper, a troubled teenager growing up in the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley. Treated as a failure at school, and unhappy at home, Billy discovers a new passion in life when he finds Kes, a kestrel hawk.
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With prose that is every bit as raw, intense and bitingly honest as the world it depicts, Barry Hines' "A Kestrel for a Knave" contains a new afterword by the author in "Penguin Modern Classics". Life is tough and cheerless for Billy Casper, a troubled teenager growing up in the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley. Treated as a failure at school, and unhappy at home, Billy discovers a new passion in life when he finds Kes, a kestrel hawk. Billy identifies with her silent strength and she inspires in him the trust and love that nothing else can, discovering through her the passion missing from his life. Barry Hines' acclaimed novel continues to reach new generations of teenagers and adults with its powerful story of survival in a tough, joyless world. Ken Loach's renowned film adaptation, "Kes", has achieved cult status and in his new afterword Barry Hines discusses his work to adapt the novel into a screenplay, and reappraises the legacy of a book that has become a popular classic. Barry Hines (b. 1939) was born in the mining village of Hoyland Common, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Leaving Ecclesfield Grammar School without any qualifications, Hines worked as an apprentice mining surveyor for the National Coal Board before entering Loughborough Training College to study Physical Education. Working as a teacher in Hoyland Common, he wrote novels in the school library after work, later turning to writing full-time. If you enjoyed "A Kestrel for a Knave", you might like "The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories" by Jack London, published in "Penguin Classics".

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SKU GOR001256204
Title A Kestrel for a Knave
Author By (author) Barry Hines
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2000
Number of Pages 208
ISBN 10 0141184981
ISBN 13 9780141184982
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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With prose that is every bit as raw, intense and bitingly honest as the world it depicts, Barry Hines' "A Kestrel for a Knave" contains a new afterword by the author in "Penguin Modern Classics". Life is tough and cheerless for Billy Casper, a troubled teenager growing up in the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley. Treated as a failure at school, and unhappy at home, Billy discovers a new passion in life when he finds Kes, a kestrel hawk. Billy identifies with her silent strength and she inspires in him the trust and love that nothing else can, discovering through her the passion missing from his life. Barry Hines' acclaimed novel continues to reach new generations of teenagers and adults with its powerful story of survival in a tough, joyless world. Ken Loach's renowned film adaptation, "Kes", has achieved cult status and in his new afterword Barry Hines discusses his work to adapt the novel into a screenplay, and reappraises the legacy of a book that has become a popular classic. Barry Hines (b. 1939) was born in the mining village of Hoyland Common, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Leaving Ecclesfield Grammar School without any qualifications, Hines worked as an apprentice mining surveyor for the National Coal Board before entering Loughborough Training College to study Physical Education. Working as a teacher in Hoyland Common, he wrote novels in the school library after work, later turning to writing full-time. If you enjoyed "A Kestrel for a Knave", you might like "The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories" by Jack London, published in "Penguin Classics".
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001256204
Title A Kestrel for a Knave
Author By (author) Barry Hines
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2000
Number of Pages 208
ISBN 10 0141184981
ISBN 13 9780141184982
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No

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