Barry Hines was a British author best known for his novel 'A Kestrel for a Knave' (1968), which was adapted into the critically acclaimed film 'Kes' directed by Ken Loach. Hines' work often depicted the realities of working-class life in the North of England. He wrote several novels, television scripts, and screenplays throughout his career, highlighting social issues and the struggles of the marginalized.
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Set in a small mining town in England, the novel follows the life of a young boy who, despite his bleak surroundings and abusive family, finds solace and a sense of purpose in training a kestrel. He learns about falconry from a book he steals from his school library. His connection with the bird offers a brief respite from his harsh reality, but tragedy strikes when his brother kills the bird out of spite. The story ends with the boy forced to return to his grim reality, with his only source of happiness gone.