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. With Bill Kerr, Dorothy Alison, Dale Randall, John Ley. Four part biopic about classic Australian author A.B. Facey (). Born in a large impoverished. Bert Facey saw himself as an ordinary man, but his remarkable story reveals an extraordinary life lived to the full. Bert Facey was a battler, ever optimistic and.

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I am glad I read it, but there is no way I would ever pick it up again A. View all 5 comments. Facey is an old-fashioned gentleman, something that comes through in the various tales within this wonderful book. AB Facey believes he lived a “fortunate” life but I think everyone who reads this book will find other ways to describe it, such as “amazing” or “miraculous” or “courageous” or “grim. At times, this can be uninspiring to the reader as fotunate are repeated to describe feelings.

There are so many detailed GR reviews, I won’t reinvent the wheel by saying too much about the live or characters, and instead ljfe focus on why I belong in the camp of Facey fans. He escaped from drunken employers after they beat him with a bul I can’t be enthusiastic enough about this autobiography by Albert Facey. Sometimes I love literature and beauty in writing and other times I just need to be reminded what’s important and to read a story.

Reviewed foftunate Ian Lipke A. As a mother, Lifee was horrified at the circumstances this young boy found himself in and how terribly people can treat a child.

To view it, click here. Retrieved 10 February I am so glad I read this near Anzac Day as it was even more poignant reading of his experiences.


It has made me take a long hard look at the way I lead my life and made me realise that our life isn’t that bad. Facey’s story was so remarkable, however, that it was immediately accepted for commercial publication.

A Fortunate Life

Overall a brilliant, inspirational book that will help you understand what fogtunate amazing job the pioneers of this country did to help create the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today. Having to fzcey work at an early age was only the start for Albert, but he made the most of each day and tackled whatever life threw at him whether it be working hard on a farm or going off to war. He made the first notes on his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences.

Bert 9 years 2 episodes, Benedict Sweeney Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical writing I have ever read – through the eyes of the narrator.

Dec 19, Colleen Stone rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a book that reminds us what is good and fine about mankind, told clean and lige. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration.

Would have been nice to hear more about gortunate courtship with his beloved Evelyn Gibson, who serendipitously knitted his parcel of socks when he was in the trenches.

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May 09, Grace Sunflower rated it really liked it. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Born in a large impoverished family, uneducated and illiterate, he had to fend for himself since he was eight, and as a recruit in WWI, he was sent to Gallipoli. I’ve read many books on this topic and all of them touched my heart and my soul.

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Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical lice What an amazing, inspirational story. When his grandmother became a widow, and with no such thing as welfare, she did the only smart thing and emigrated to Western Australia to be with the extended family. The autobiography begins at his birth.


Other than the memoirs, most of them oral, most of them much shorter, of ordinary American workers, this is one of the best, because most honest and substantial, autobiographies I’ve ever encountered.

This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. I feel fortuante by reading this book I also had a much better idea of fcaey people really lived a hundred years ago in Australia compared to the dull non-fiction I read or was taught in school.

He died innine months after A Fortunate Fprtunate had been published to wide acclaim. Gortunate many jobs included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line from Merredin to Wickepin and boxing in a travelling troupe.

There was a little bragging and I am not sure if all Mr Facey’s accomplishments were real boxer, council man, tram driver, running properties with ‘s of cattle at age 12! But he also had good moments – he persevered and seemed to understand how important education was in order to for him get ahead.

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I apprieciated his struggle and the end result. Archived from the original on 22 August As the book proceeds, we gain an insight into the innocence of the Australian aborigine in his natural state. Thanks for telling us about the problem.