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A Fortunate Life [A.B. Facey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Born in , Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer. A Fortunate Life [A.B. Facey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With Bill Kerr, Dorothy Alison, Dale Randall, John Ley. Four part biopic about classic Australian author A.B. Facey (). Born in a large impoverished.

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The language is simple but compelling and you really don’t want it to end. A truly riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself. From then on, he led a remarkable life from being farmed out at a young age to cruel and kind families alikeworking in agriculture and lifestock, serving during World War I at Gallipoli, surviving the Depression and the loss of a son during World War II.

This was the hardest part of his life and fills most of the memoir. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Start your free trial. Return to Book Page. Roy Facey 3 episodes, John Ley It is also featured in many Australian primary and secondary schools as a reading book for young adults. The book becomes a series of noteworthy events, such as one would expect given the circumstances in which the book was written.

Resilient, a real handyman with only basic tools, never complains and always finish what they start. Facey’s struggle to survive during hard times. This is the kind of book that you read aloud to your kids when they are beginning to be bored with you reading to them.

But honestly, although the author presents a lot of interesting information about early 20th century Western Australia, I was distracted by lifd writing his story as if he had kept an extremely detailed journal since the age of four.

Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical writ What an amazing, inspirational story. For example, he is virtually kidnapped and forced to work for a gang of thieves who made it a habit of getting blind drunk each Christmas and fighting amongst themselves until the drink renders them unconscious. He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. But neither Facey nor his country and let’s face it, Australia is the other main character in this foetunate was sophisticated or learned.


Books on areas being developed, by those that actually did the work, are rare. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage.

He made the first notes on his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts z his experiences.

When he was denied a chance at being adopted to a loving couple, I could not help feeling horrified at his biological mother’s callousness. At a time when race relations were uneasy he naturally developed respectful relations with indigenous Australians. His entire childhood and adolescence was filled with the adventures that so many young boys probably long for.

Aug 19, Nigel rated it really liked it. Dominic Sweeney Nikki Coghill.

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They are for use by the media to accompany articles, essays, interviews and reviews relevant to the specific title. His later years, which are sketched thinly to the earlier years tell of a loving family man, working on the trams in the city, or as a farmer on a soldier settlement plan. Now, I mean no offense to Albert B.

Bert Facey saw himself as an ordinary man, but his remarkable story reveals an extraordinary life lived to the full. It was a black man, very wild-looking, with a long bushy beard. What an excellent book to end racey year on! Mar 19, Marianne rated it really liked it. He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. When he awakened on the morning of the seventh day he was jumped by aborigines.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II and that of his beloved wife after sixty devoted years – yet he felt that his life was fortunate. This is the sort of book that makes me feel comfortable and warm. This makes this book very valuable indeed. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration.


Although an Australian story, it reminds me fortuhate stories I’ve heard from older American men who had similar experiences.

Was this review helpful to you? The result is pure Dad and Dave comedy underwritten by the tragedy that follows.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established he falls down a haz A truly riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself. The war experience is not what makes this book — there are subsequent better war diaries from the battlefield.

A Fortunate Life is an autobiography by Albert Facey published innine months before his death. Obviously, this story couldn’t be written in today’s society – a nine year old not wanted by his mother goes out to start his working life. Badly injured at Gallipolihe suffered severe problems which were later the cause of his death. It may well be the simplicity of Facey’s narrative style that makes it such a wonderful “listen”.

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Albert Facey was a storyteller. Like many of his generation he was faced with the spectre of war and fought at Gallipoli. This makes me thing that ‘A lide life’ should be re-classified as fiction not biography. His commentary on the horror at Gallipoli will stay with me for a long time.

Therefore, the storytelling is simple favey without any literally pretentions. When he met Evelyn, she became the love of his life — their long marriage produced seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren.