Barry Hines

(b. 1939)

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(1939– ),

novelist, children's writer, and television playwright, born near Barnsley, Yorkshire, and educated at Ecclesfield Grammar School. His first novel, The Blinder (1966), about a talented but rebellious schoolboy footballer, was followed by A Kestrel for a Knave (1968; filmed by Ken Loach as Kes, 1969, and republished under this title) which tells the story of schoolboy Billy Caspar on an estate in a Yorkshire mining village who finds a temporary escape from a dead‐end future in his passion for the bird he has trained. Other works include First Signs (1972), The Gamekeeper (1975), The Price of Coal (1979), and Looks and Smiles (1981).

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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