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Barry Hines (1939–2016)

Forfatter af A Kestrel for a Knave

14+ Værker 1,251 Medlemmer 18 Anmeldelser

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Melvin Barry Hines was born in Hoyland Common, England on June 30, 1939. He trained as an apprentice mining surveyor before studying physical education at Loughborough Training College. He taught for two years in a London comprehensive before returning northern England to teach physical education. vis mere His debut novel, The Blinder, was published in 1966. His other novels included Signs, Unfinished Business, The Heart of It, and Elvis over England. A Kestrel for a Knave, The Gamekeeper, The Price of Coal, and Looks and Smiles were adapted to films by Ken Loach, with Hines writing the screenplays. Hines wrote intermittently for radio and television. His works included Billy's Last Stand, Speech Day, Two Men from Derby, and Threads. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007. He died on March 18, 2016 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Barry Hines

A Kestrel for a Knave (1968) 1,067 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
Looks and Smiles (1981) 37 eksemplarer
The Blinder (1969) 36 eksemplarer
The Price of Coal (1979) 31 eksemplarer
The Gamekeeper (1975) 29 eksemplarer
The Heart of it (1994) 16 eksemplarer
Elvis Over England (1998) 14 eksemplarer
Unfinished Business (1983) 11 eksemplarer
Threads and Other Sheffield Plays (1975) 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Pierwsze znaki 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Threads [1984 film] (1984) — Screenwriter — 28 eksemplarer
Kes (2000) 21 eksemplarer
Kes: A Play (1976) 18 eksemplarer

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I have owned this book for years, and have very hazy memories of having read it when I was much younger.

It is the story of Billy, who lives with his single mum and his abusive older brother in a northern mining community in the 1960s (?).

It is a gritty slice-of-real-life book, grim at the start and grim at the end, and grim for quite a lot of the middle. Billy is no angel, lightfingered and close mouthed and always looking for small ways to get back at his brother. But it really shows the world that shapes him, the lack of love, lack of respect, and the unfair (and sometimes sadistic) ways the system treats him.

The thing that makes Billy the subject of this book is that he has stolen a kestrel chick and a book on falconry, and managed to train his beautiful, fierce bird Kes. From Billy's skill and Billy's patience and the way Billy so clearly sees the beauty in Kes we see so much of value in Billy, hidden from most of the world.

It is all a bit laid on with a trowel in places - Billy is told to write the tallest tale he can think of in English, and we get such simple wholesome things, like a good breakfast, and chips and beans for his tea, and his Dad coming home and a trip to the pictures.

The ending is bleak and sad and strange. What happens to Billy? Have we as a country failed so many poor angry young men? Do we still?
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atreic | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jun 21, 2023 |
At times the depiction of working class Northern life feel like cliche, but only I expect because the influence of this book and the film based on it was so great. It’s a wonderful piece of literature. Gripping, moving and very real feeling. At times it is raw and emotional, at others calm and soothing on its depiction of the countryside. All in all a great book.
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whatmeworry | 16 andre anmeldelser | Apr 9, 2022 |
It took me 40p to get truely involved in this story - approx. 1/4 of the book. That quarter sets the background for what is to come in the remainder, when the protagonist, Billy, goes to school and one day shows the hilarity, banality, hopelessness and tragedy that surely will be a microcosm of Billy's whole life.

For me, school was not nearly so grim as for Billy, but I could relate strongly to his experience; casual cruelty (from teachers), injustice, bullying, that one teacher who is still capable of seeing pupils as human beings, fighting a losing battle against the indifference of all the others. Best days of our lives? I always thought that was some kind of sick joke. I was never so glad as to be out of that environment. Billy is 15 and will shortly be out of it, too. He doesn't have the fun and excitement of University and myriad possibilities afterward to look forward to, though. He's not that bright and there aren't many options. All he really knows is that he doesn't want to go down the pit. A mine that twenty years later would probably be closed, like almost every other in Britain, leaving him almost middle aged with no useful skills, not that he or the author would have known that. Since his father left home, his mother is going through the motions of raising him, more interested in her affairs, his brother hates him and there's little money. About the only thing Billy has of any value, and that to him alone, is the kestrel he trained himself. Is that enough?

Powerful, simple writing carries this story of working class northern Britain in the 1960s to an end likely to induce despair.
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Arbieroo | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jul 17, 2020 |
This was the book that put Barnsley on the map in literary terms in 1968, made more famous by Ken Loach's film Kes the following year. The author paints a sharp picture of life at the time and there is some evocative description of the countryside where Billy Casper found his kestrel. But I'm afraid I found the narrative dull and have given up just over a quarter of the way through.
john257hopper | 16 andre anmeldelser | Feb 29, 2020 |



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