Barry Hines (1939-)

A Kestrel for a Knave

Barry Hines is an author who has written several popular novels and television scripts.

Born in Hoyland Common near Barnsley, Barry Hines first worked in surveying and played football. He then took a teaching qualification in Loughborough and taught Physical Education for several years before becoming a full-time author.

His most notable achievement is the novel A Kestrel for a Knave which was later made into the film Kes by the director Ken Loach, for which Hines also adapted the script from the novel. It tells the story is of a troubled schoolboy who lives in a poor mining town in the North of England and who finds comfort in looking after a pet kestrel named Kes.

Other books by Barry Hines include: The Blinder, Looks and Smiles, The Price of Coal, The Gamekeeper, The Heart of It and Elvis over England

He also wrote the script for Threads, a drama examining the effects of nuclear war.

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