Book at Bedtime: A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

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Book at Bedtime: A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

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Nov 13, 2008, 11:09am

Barry Hines' A Kestrel for a Knave - the basis for Ken Loach's film Kes, is Book at Bedtime this week. Coincidentally, I've just read the book for the first time. It's a short novella that packs quite a punch. The descriptions of the suburban south Yorkshire countryside are particularly faithful. The BBC audio rearranges the plot a little, which helps clarify the order of events.

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Monday 10 - Friday 14 November

A Kestrel for a Knave

By Barry Hines, read by James Anthony Pearson

Teenager Billy Casper has few prospects. Determined not to follow his brother down the pit, he is floundering at school and is not valued at home.

He finds a wild kestrel and learns how to train it. He keeps Kes in the garden shed and flies her after school.

His time with Kes gives him a direction and passion he has never experienced before. But events threaten not only the fate of the hawk but also Billy's growing self respect.

Producer Gaynor Macfarlane.