A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

A Kestrel for a Knave is a novel by English author Barry Hines, published in 1968. Set in an unspecified mining area in Northern England, the book follows Billy Casper, a young working-class boy troubled at home and at school, who finds and trains a kestrel whom he names "Kes". The book received a wider audience when it was adapted into the film Kes in 1969; Hines wrote the screenplay with director Ken Loach (credited as Kenneth Loach) and producer Tony Garnett. The film adaptation has since become regarded as one of the greatest British films of all time.Today, the novel is often used in Key Stage 4 assessment in the United Kingdom, as part of GCSE English courses. The novel’s title is taken from a poem found in the Book of Saint Albans.[2] In medieval England, the only bird a knave was legally allowed to keep was a kestrel.

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A Kestrel for a Knave Hardcover 3855260 $29.99 $27.99 2015
A Kestrel for a Knave Mass Market Paperback 6970397 $2.01 2010
A Kestrel for a Knave (M Books) Hardcover 8727620 $3.38 1996
A Kestrel for a Knave (2nd Edition) (Seminar studies in history) Paperback 1240066 $4.84 $0.01 1998
Modern Classics Kestrel for a Knave (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 1465620 $7.30 $2.82 2000
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines (1973-01-25) Mass Market Paperback 6105055 $68.60 $6.99
Kestrel for a Knave (Chinese Edition) Paperback 12930623 $33.00 $28.00 2011
A Kestrel for a Knave': Barry Hines : Gcse and Sats Audio Guide Audio CD 19800159 $110.15 2000
A Kestral for a Knave (Penguin Essentials) Paperback 2758794 $7.10 $6.56 2017
Hines' "Kestrel for a Knave" (Passnotes) Paperback 13040125 $2.31 1986
Letts Explore "Kestrel for a Knave" (Letts Literature Guide) Paperback 13155413 $2.67 1994
A Kestrel For A Knave (Filmed As Kes) Mass Market Paperback 5879779 $7.25
A Kestrel For A Knave Paperback 18388627 $14.55
Kes (Folio Junior) (French Edition) Paperback 11888366 $3.75 1998
A Kestrel for a Knave Hardcover 19163264 $49.66
Kestrel for a Knave Hardcover 20803799 $4.99
Kestrel for a Knave Hardcover 2357999 $985.00 $6.98 1996
A Kestrel for a Knave (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) Paperback 688860 $15.99 $6.03 2015
SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide to A Kestrel for a Knave (Dramatised) Audible Audiobook 363038 $11.95 2006
A Kestrel for a Knave Paperback 1673849 $10.30 $4.50 1969
A Kestrel for a Knave (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) Kindle Edition 489277 $7.49 2015