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By Lawrence Till & Barry Hines
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854594860, 80 pages, June 2000


A tried-and-tested stage adaptation of Barry Hines' novel A Kestrel for a Knave, about a troubled young boy who finds and trains a kestrel.

Billy, a disaffected young boy, has problems at school and at home: he's neglected by his mother, beaten by his brother and bullied on all sides. He adopts a fledgling kestrel and treats it with all the tenderness he has never known. Slowly, he begins to see for the first time what he could achieve – if only he tried.

Lawrence Till's adaptation of Barry Hines' 1968 novel retains its gritty charm and popular staying power.


"Sensitively scripted and stunningly staged, Kes is essentially about a community which fails its young."

- The Times

"Laurence Till's skilful adaptation... offers a series of sure-fire scenes... Hines' story retains an undeniable emotional pull."

- Independent