- Title: No Way But Gentlenesse: A Memoir of How Kes, My Kestrel, Changed My Life
- Author: Richard Hines
- ISBN: 9781632865021
- Page: 265
- Format: Hardcover
There is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke Edmund Bert, 1619Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines remembers sliding down heaps of coal dust, hearing whispers of accidents in the pit, listening for the siren at the end of mine shifts, and praying for his father s safe return At age eleven, Richard s prospects suThere is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke Edmund Bert, 1619Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines remembers sliding down heaps of coal dust, hearing whispers of accidents in the pit, listening for the siren at the end of mine shifts, and praying for his father s safe return At age eleven, Richard s prospects suddenly dimmed when he failed the trials for English Grammar School, though his older brother Barry, evidently their mother s favorite, had passed and seemed headed for great things.Crushed by a system that swiftly and permanently decided that some children do not merit a real education, and persecuted by the cruel antics of his English schoolteachers, Richard spent his time in the fields and meadows just beyond the colliery slag heap One morning, walking on the grounds of a ruined medieval manor, he came across a nest of kestrels Instantly captivated but without a role model to learn from, he sought out ancient falconry texts from the local library and pored over the strange and beautiful language there With just these books, some ingenuity, and his profound respect for the hawk s indomitable wildness, Richard learned to man or train his kestrel, Kes, and in the process became a man himself.No Way But Gentlenesse is a breathtaking memoir of one remarkable boy s love for a culture lost to time, and his attempt to find salvation in the natural world.
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Richard Hines is a Yorkshire man through and through. Raised in, Hoyland Common, mining was the chosen career of his father and grandfather and many of the men in the village. He remember sliding down heaps of waste, hearing of accidents in the pit; knowing that his father would open the door the same time after a shift; there was that dread in the stomach that came when he was late. Sitting the eleven plus exam, it was hoped that he would pass and follow his brother Barry to grammar school. He [...]
You may remember the film Kes (director, Ken Loach) if you are a certain age, and you may well have had to study the book A Kestrel for a Knave at school if you are of another certainly younger age. In either case you will associate the name Barry Hines with that story of a boy who trained a Kestrel but that boy was actually Richard, Barry’s younger brother. This is his tale told in his own words.I’m really not that interested in tales of people training birds of prey – I’m a bit interes [...]
Kestrel for a Knave is one of my favourite books of all time that I have re-read numerous times since being introduced to the text in secondary school. When Barry Hines wrote the book in the 1960s he based the character of Billy Casper on his younger brother Richard. This is the story of the real 'Billy Casper'. What I enjoyed the most from this book was learning about the past school educational systems where children were required to sit an 11 plus examination to determine whether you are suit [...]
A poignant, heartfelt and bittersweet memoir of a South Yorkshire lad from a mining community, branded a failure at an early age by a two-tiered education system, but whose love for, and self-taught knowledge of, caring for and flying hawks became the inspiration for his elder brother Barry's classic novel 'A Kestrel for a Knave' (which I loved) and led to his important role as the trainer of the hawks used in the resultant iconic Ken Loach film 'Kes'. With the confidence he gleaned from his wor [...]
Not as falconry based as I was expecting, but incredibly interesting. His insight into social class and his personal family and town's history are fascinating, as well as the revelation that falconry was always for the noble and that people in his (or my) social status would not have been welcome. I had never thought of that in such a personal way before. Worth a read whether you're a falconer or not
I enjoyed this book and did find the insights into the author's love of kestrels and his childhood interesting. However, there were times I found the detail almost too much and the style rambled a bit so that I had to resist the urge to skim over parts. All in all however I would recommend this book and if you've read 'A Kestrel for a Knave' by Barry Hines then this is a great companion to that
This book feels like an essential companion to Richard Hines' brother Barry's novel A Kestrel for a Knave and Ken Loach's film Kes. It's a lot more than 'the real story behind Kes' although it is certainly that, nor is a book solely about falconry. It's a lot about the twists and turns of one individual's lifeRichard did not follow his brother Barry to Grammar School, a circumstance which has marked him for life, and many of his experiences at Secondary Modern found their way into Kes, book and [...]
This memoir felt so peaceful in many waysI feel as though I would like to sit with this man and his wife and have some tea. He seems a humble yet wise person. His words at the end so heartening.My own experienceshave convinced me that all of us have something of worth;a hidden potential a talent or aptitude, which, if, through our home circumstances, our education, or by chance we are fortunate enough to unearth it, this talent can inspire us to do things in life we might have thought impossible [...]
I did enjoy it but it was a bit rambling. In my view it didn't really show how a kestrel taught him gentleness.
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