Interview by Libby Purves for BBC Radio 4 Midweek.
Libby Purves meets Richard Hines whose story inspired the novel A Kestral for a Knave; novelist Fay Weldon; cartographer John Hessler and actor Ed Zephyr.
Richard Hines has worked as a teacher, documentary filmmaker and lecturer. His book, No Way But Gentlenesse, tells how his boyhood love of hawking turned his life around. Richard’s story inspired the 1968 novel A Kestrel for a Knave written by his elder brother Barry about a young boy’s relationship with a kestrel. The book became the film Kes, directed by Ken Loach. No Way But Gentlenesse – A memoir of how Kes, my Kestrel, Changed My Life is published by Bloomsbury.
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