A Kestrel for a Knave

by Barry Hines

Part of the Penguin Essentials Series

Literary Fiction

A Kestrel for a Knave Synopsis

The classic book that inspired Kes, the famous film, now published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Barry Hines's A Kestrel for a Knave was published in 1968, and was made into one of the key British films of the sixties. Billy Casper is beaten by his drunken brother, ignored by his mother and failing at school. He seems destined for a hard, miserable life down the pits, but for a brief time, he finds one pleasure in life: a wild kestrel that he has raised and tamed himself.

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ISBN: 9780241978962
Publication date: 4th August 2016
Author: Barry Hines
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
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About Barry Hines

Barry Hines was born near Barnsley, Yorkshire, in 1939 and was a promising footballer before taking a teaching qualification at Loughborough. He taught PE in London and in Yorkshire before writing full time. He has written nine novels, and co-wrote the screenplay of Kes with Ken Loach. He lives in Yorkshire.

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