Review – British Birds

“No Way But Gentlenesse pulls no punches on the issues of class and entitlement – or lack of – that also made Kes so groundbreaking… As [Hines] describes so evocatively in the book, he too was earmarked in early life and by an inflexible education system to a lesser lot in life… Falconer or just plain old bird enthusiast, if you can love something that isn’t giving very much love in return, perhaps that is the greatest love… And if you can set a bird free, as Richard did for the Kestrels immortalised on film, well, even better. Letting go might even be the greatest gentlenesse”

British Birds


Review – Malcolm Brooks

“I loved Richard Hines’ No Way But Gentlenesse. Deeply personal yet almost transcendentally expansive, it reminds us that out beyond modern life, nature and our connection to it abides… Hines graces us with a story at once age-old and utterly original, told with heart, wit and resilience. I haven’t read a book as engaging as this in a very long time.”

Malcolm Brooks, Author of award winning novel Painted Horses


Review – The Bookseller

“In this riveting memoir, Hines recalls growing up in a South Yorkshire mining village, and his struggle to find his place in life. After failing his 11+ and feeling crushed by the school system, he found salvation and a sense of purpose in falconry, captivated by ancient texts such as the 1619 one by Edmund Burt: “There is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke.” If you read his brother Barry Hines’1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave in school, have ever watched the Ken Loach film, or loved H is for Hawk, this will prove enthralling reading.”

The Bookseller

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