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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; New edition edition (15 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854594869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854594860
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence Till's skilful adaptation... offers a series of sure-fire scenes... Hines story retains an undeniable emotional pull. - The Times --Independent on Sunday

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

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ryanmelbourne@hotmail.com on 7 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
A story about a 15 year old boy, from a very poor background and broken home, which shows the reality and harshness of life.
Billy (the main character) has to learn about life the hard way, through bullies at school, (not just other pupils) and a family who just doesn't care.
He finds comfort in one thing, a kestrel named Kes. He trained her from a fledgling, and it is the only thing he cares about. His life revolves around her, and when he is with her, his troubles disappear...
A great book, which is hard to put down. The relationship between the reader and Billy, Barry Hines creates is amazing. An excelent choice for everyone.
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By Susan O'Reilly on 25 April 2014
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Used play to work with students of lower ability in school, whilst reading the novel. interjected more fun and less daunting than reading lots of prose all the time in class. Pupil also engaged their own understanding of the characters in their portrayal of them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Holder on 20 Feb 2009
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I am playing Billy in a production in the local theatre and I must say that this script has helped me enormously. Its clear and presentable which makes it easier for the actors or readers to follow it.

I recommend it to anyone who is doing this play.

Brilliant.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2001
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Allan Stronach has done Barry Hines proud in the writing of The Play of Kes , it is an excellent depiction of the life that a boy would live in the mine working 60s, the play brings you very close to Billy Casper and his kestrel. This great play does not have any trouble bringing a tear to the audiences eye at the end of the play.
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Rather sad, but... 16 Jan 2004
By Christian Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
nevertheless a very nice book. "Kes" is essentially about a community which fails its young. The protagonist, Billy, is an apparently backward kid. The three worlds of the play are home, school and field. Home is Billy, his brother Jud and his mum where he is neglected and beaten up. School is a boy lost in a muddle of many others each hoping for futures out of this existence. Billy's solace is his pet kestrel, on which he lavishes all the tenderness he has never known. That's why the field where he flies his bird is a world of adventure and of escape. A land without maps or boundaries.
The author manages to create an image in the reader's mind that gives him a deep insight into Billy's live and his problems. You feel with the protagonist and also feel sorry for him.
That's the reason why I really enjoyed reading this book and if you like rather sad books that make you think even after finishing them I would recommend you to read "Kes"!!!
kes the ultimate story of a kid and his love for a kestrel 5 Dec 2013
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Format: Paperback
@ Christian Vogt .
you know absolute nothing about the film/book/and story. my husband was born in Barnsley where the film was shot. he all-so went to the school in the film.

BAFTA Awards 1971
Won
BAFTA Film Award Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
David Bradley
Best Supporting Actor
Colin Welland
Nominated
BAFTA Film Award Best Direction
Ken Loach
Best Film
Best Screenplay
Barry Hines
Ken Loach
Tony Garnett
Nominated
UN Award

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1970
Won
Crystal Globe Ken Loach

National Board of Review, USA 1971
Won
NBR Award Top Ten Films

Writers' Guild of Great Britain 1971
Won
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award Best British Screenplay
Barry Hines
Ken Loach
Tony Garnett

LIST ABOVE IS IF YOU WANT TO INVESTIGATE THE MOVIE. ( KES )
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