A Kestrel for a Knave Part One: to Barnsley and Hoyland Common – The Curiously Specific Book Club
Forget the film ‘Kes’ (hard to do we know). Let’s take the book that inspired the movie out for a walk. We’re off to Hoyland Common, near Barnsley in Yorkshire, in search of locations from the novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’.
In Part One, we enquire about books on falconry at Barnsley Library. We seek out Monastery Farm where Billy Casper finds (aka steals) his kestrel. But then we start to get lost, thanks chiefly to the massive Hoyland redevelopment plan that is turning the world of ‘Kes’ into one almighty building site. And not a coal mine to be seen anywhere.
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