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Summary

Life is tough and cheerless for Billy Casper, a troubled teenager growing up in the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley. Treated as a failure at school, and unhappy at home, Billy discovers a new passion in life when he finds Kes, a kestrel hawk.

Billy identifies with her silent strength, and she inspires in him the trust and love that nothing else can, discovering through her the passion missing from his life.

Barry Hines' acclaimed novel continues to reach new generations of teenagers and adults with its powerful story of survival in a tough, joyless world.

©1999 Barry Hines (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • mj
  • 22-05-18

A brilliant story

Poor Billy, what a lad. Great story, well narrated and nice to have the notes at the end

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  • keith
  • st helens uk
  • 07-05-17

Great book and film

Would you listen to A Kestrel for a Knave again? Why?

Yes because I love this book

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Kestrel for a Knave?

When mr farthing watched billy fly the hawk and the sports teacher mr sugdens football game

What does Gareth Bennett Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great accents

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's sad in places but a great listen

Any additional comments?

No

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