Review – Stephen Bodio


“Richard Hines’ childhood experiences training a kestrel for falconry in the bleak environment of working–class postwar England gave birth to three works: his brother Barry’s novel A Kestrel for Knave, the award winning film “Kes”, and this memoir, No Way But Gentlenesse. At the risk of offending fans of the other two good works, this is the best of the three, with subtle and moving insights into both falconry and the cruelties of an inflexible class system. It is a small masterpiece.”

Stephen Bodio, Author of A Rage For Falcon