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    Default A kestrel for a knave

    A kestrel for a knave by Barry hines is fifty years old, the book is about a working class lad in Barnsley called Billy casper who whilst out walking discovers a Kestrels nest, rightly or wrongly he removes the bird and takes it home where he sets about training it to hand feed. The book was made into a film just one year later called Kes which stays true to the novel almost scene for scene. If you enjoy reading this is one i can recommend
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    Shortened to Kes of course - the film version had Lynne "Poison Ivy" Perrie as the mother of one of the characters, probably Casper.

    The book version has so much bad language inside it - my English teacher read it in our English Literature lessons, and it was astonishing to hear him swearing as he was reading it to the class.
    Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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    I first came across the book when I was doing O-level English. I read the book again 5 years ago. Both book and film are excellent.

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    Also, wasn't Brian "Nowt Taken Owt" Glover in the Kes film as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Also, wasn't Brian "Nowt Taken Owt" Glover in the Kes film as well?
    Yep, also dougie brown played the milkman...he is lynne perries brother
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    I saw the film on one of those movie channels that Carlton owned in around 2001-ish - wouldn't mind seeing it again.
    Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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    Not many people have hear of the single "Ball In, Kick Off" by Cornelius (it features Damon Albarn so some may have!) but it includes sample dialogue from the film :happy:
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