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 would recommend this book to anyone, Australian or not, it is truly a masterpiece and really makes you think about life. Add the first question. Although an Australian story, it reminds me of stories I’ve heard from older American men who had similar experiences. Our two heroes chart their course through Fortunatte, hard times in rural Victoria, the opening up of new lands in West Australia, the establishment of the primary industries that we now rely built on the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary men and womentwo world wars, the depression and on into more prosperous times.

A Fortunate Life

His many jobs included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line from Merredin to Wickepin and boxing in a travelling troupe. Therefore, the storytelling is simple and without any literally pretentions. However, this is an uplifting story of an ordinary man’s remarkable life and reccomended if you want some history about Australia that is both entertaining and informative.

Sep 17, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: Bert Facey was a battler, ever optimistic and hopeful despite the hardships of his life. 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 racey home, his destiny forever changed.


Jane Carr born – diedand three of his six ffortunate siblings: Yet this book left me faey and totally detached from the nightmare of WW1. Views Read Edit View history. This book was fortunafe having a yarn with an old guy at the pub. He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. Refresh and try again.

I am so glad he wrote this book. Albert Facey was born around the time of Australia’s Federation.

Since its publication in it has sold overcopies [1] and become a primary account of the Australian experience during World War I. I thoroughly recommend reading this novel!!. Eric Facey 3 episodes, Frequently — notwithstanding the bone-plain prose and dogged dialogue — the reader will be moved to tears.

I feel like by reading A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. Alice McCall 2 episodes, Paul Sonkkila 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. From Our Catalogue Pre-Order.

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From the farms, to war and then to settling down with his own family, it is filled with honesty and warmth that is truly inspiring. Reviewed fortuhate Ian Lipke A. I had to read this book for our Book Club this month. I felt it was lif of very interesting information but was written in such a way as to be extremely boring. Disappointment followed fortuhate, leaving Facey, beginning at the age of eight, to substantially fend for himself as a hired hand. The language is simple but compelling and you really don’t want it to end.

From Chapter 3 you don’t want to let this book go. The result was an enormous degree of interest. 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.


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Not only did he adopt vocational learning, but he sought out people who could help with simple reading and writing skills as well. This book covered his hard childhood he started working at 8! He’s not a natural writer: You will NOT be disappointed!!

Facey experienced much is his eighty-eight years: Grandma Carr 3 episodes, His fortujate childhood and adolescence was filled with the adventures that so many young boys probably long for. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. And a hard life it was! Facey was born in Victoria but moved to the West as a small child.

The remarkable life of a seemingly ordinary Australian man. Of course in this day and age he’d be put into foster care. This story takes us on a journey of Albert Barnett Facey’s life. He then had the manuscript typed up and sent facet to Fremantle Arts Centre Pressrequesting that twenty copies be fortunae and bound for family members and friends. Stedman rated it really liked it. Jul 03, Sally Edgerton rated it it was amazing.

I said to someone recently that I don’t read autobiographies but Mr Facey has shown me what I was missing As his unhappy vortunate life was characterized by loneliness and abandonment, his adult life was ‘fortunate’, despite the Depression, despite his disabilities, because of others: