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Barry Hines: Kes, Threads and Beyond

David Forrest and Sue Vice


This book analyses all of Barry Hines’s written works, including fiction, screenplays for film and television and scripts for the theatre. We draw on Barry Hines’s archive, in which appear several novels and screenplays which were never published or produced. We argue throughout that Hines’s best-known works are deservedly his 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave, and the 1984 atomic-war drama Threads. Both works have become central elements of British cultural history, A Kestrel for a Knave for its portrait of a schoolboy who tries to transcend his limited circumstances, Threads for its powerful ... More

Keywords: Barry Hines, Working-class writing, The north of England, South Yorkshire, Poetic realism, Football, Mining, Post-industrial Britain, Ken Loach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781784992620
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784992620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Forrest, author
University of Sheffield

Sue Vice, author
University of Sheffield