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Barry HinesKes, Threads and Beyond$
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David Forrest and Sue Vice

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992620

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992620.001.0001

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Poetry with purpose and the journey to Kes

Poetry with purpose and the journey to Kes

Billy’s Last Stand, The Blinder, A Kestrel for a Knave and Kes

(p.11) 1 Poetry with purpose and the journey to Kes
Barry Hines

David Forrest

Sue Vice

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the roots of Barry Hines’s poetic realist style in those examples of his writing which appeared before A Kestrel for a Knave (1968). These include the 1965 play Billy’s Last Stand, which gives an absurdist form to its social-realist content, and Hines’s first novel The Blinder (1966), in which his abiding theme of the battle between intellectual and sporting prowess is first introduced. It was on the strength of the promise shown in The Blinder that A Kestrel for a Knave was filmed as Kes, and we argue that Hines’s best-known novel anticipates its own cinematic realisation in its use of visual technique and description.

Keywords:   Realism, A Kestrel for a Knave, The Blinder, Football, Tony Garnett, Billy’s Last Stand

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