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 also very suspicious of the accurate dates and names of people recounted 70 years after the fact. Mr Facey was not an author.

A Fortunate Life

The story is fascinating reading; not only does it detail Facey’s childhood and adulthood, it probably My father recommended this. Yes No Report this. He then had the manuscript typed up and sent it to Fremantle Arts Centre Pressrequesting that twenty copies be printed and bound for family members and friends.

Bert was known for his honesty, never breaking a promise when it was made; his courage was such that he was admired and liked by many. Retrieved from ” https: But this book works stunningly well in audio.

A Fortunate Life – Fremantle Press

Roy Facey 3 episodes, John Ley Like many of his generation he was faced with the spectre of war and fought at Gallipoli. Today I could not imagine the young children I know packing up and moving along to farms asking for work and so on for short times and hard labour but for many children and the writer of this book it is the only choice they have.

Given our friendship, however, I resolved to give it a try. 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. When asked on an interview, where the name of the book originated. Pages to import images to Wikidata.


As a mother, I was horrified at the circumstances this young boy found himself in and how terribly people can treat a child. It opened my eyes to how hard life had been for earlier generations in Australia. In handing it over she noted that it was a text familiar to most Australisns. Search for ” A Fortunate Life ” on Amazon. I cannot begin to express how much I simply adored it.

Archie McCall 2 episodes, Jeffrey Rhoe Roy Facey 3 episodes, Albert Facey and A Fortunate Life have forunate the recipients to a host of award nominations since the initial publication of the book but have only won two major book awards.

This book simply and beautifully gives us the meaning of life.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers – Fremantle Press

Facey often told these stories to his children, who begged him to write them down for future generations. Albert’s mother deserted him when he was only two years old. Was this review helpful to you? Would have been nice to hear more about his courtship with his beloved Evelyn Gibson, who serendipitously knitted his parcel of socks when he was in the trenches.

Most of his childhood was spent in the Wickepin area.

Albert Facey was the type of man I remember among my older rural relatives from when I was young: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Albert Facey was born around the time of Australia’s Federation. From very young age he had to face things that we even as adults would have very hard time to deal with.


There is cruelty and there is kindness, though perhaps not in equal measure. I feel like by reading A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience.

In that light you can’t fail to love and admire this honourable, ordinary man thrown into a succession of extraordinary experiences to arrive with dignity intact facry a place in the nation’s history.

This edition has been specially adapted for young readers. Nervously, I embarked on reading it – my father and I have little common taste in literature. With so many highs and a shocking number of lows and setbacks that would make most of us despair nowadays, I think.

I finished this book with mixed feelings: So very Australian and one everyone should read at sometime in their lives. User Polls The greatest Australian mini-series, short run tv series Facey is an engaging and natural storyteller and you have to remind yourself as you read that is is a man who had no formal education.

Retrieved 19 July His having been instilled with integrity and determination by the grandmother he remained devoted to until her death atBert’s wits and character carried him through many amazing adventures and abuses around post-colonial Western Australia, in which he learned all there is to know about horseriding, shooting, sheep- and pig-rearing, wheat farming, housebuilding and bushcraft, until WW1, whereupon, as a strapping six-footer and amateur sideshow boxing champion, he enlisted and was landed at Gallipoli, which he survived for many weeks until, severely injured, he was sent home, his destiny forever changed.

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