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Barry Hines, FRSL (born 1939) is a Britishmarker author who has written several popular novels and television scripts.

Early life

Born in the mining village of Hoyland Commonmarker near Barnsleymarker, Englandmarker, he attended Ecclesfield Grammar Schoolmarker. He first worked in surveying and played football. He then took a teaching qualification in Loughboroughmarker and taught Physical Education for several years before becoming a full-time author.


Hines is best known for the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968), which was adapted by the author for the film version Kes (1970), which was directed by Ken Loach. The story is that of a troubled schoolboy living in a poor mining village nearly Barnsley who finds comfort in tending a kestrel hawk named 'Kes'. Threads (1984), for which Hines wrote the script, is a speculative television drama examining the effects of nuclear war on Sheffield.


He also received a BAFTA for the script of Threads and has been made an Honorary Fellow of Sheffield Hallam Universitymarker.


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