A Kestrel for a Knave - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)Barry Hines (author)
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Raw and uncompromising, Barry Hines’s classic story of a troubled Yorkshire lad and the salvation he finds in raising a kestrel hawk has spoken profoundly to successive generations. A blistering slice of social realism and a bleakly beautiful coming-of-age tale, A Kestrel for a Knave sings with a battered and bruised majesty.
With prose that is every bit as raw, intense and bitingly honest as the world it depicts, Barry Hines's 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's 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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 157 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
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“oldie but goodie”
read this for the first time in my 20s but still really enjoyed 40 years later, would recommend to young and old alike
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