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Albert Facey was the type of man I remember among my older rural relatives from when I was young: This is the sort of book that makes me facfy comfortable and warm. Autobiographies books Western Australian literature s Australian television miniseries Australian television series debuts Australian television series endings television films. User Reviews Mini-series based on seminal Australian biography.

He was let out to work at age 8. Mr Facey was an amazingly strong man who took all hardships in his stride and kept striving for his family.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey | Queensland Reviewers Collective

Facey never had a formal education. Often unpaid and sometimes abused, he went from job to job, working on farms, driving cattle, boxing etc. Abandoned in infancy by his widowed mother to his grandmother, young Ber This moving memoir, in plain, early 20th century Australian vernacular, was written by a man who was illiterate until his late teens, published when the author was in his eighties, and instantly acclaimed, bringing him national fame in the very last months of his life.

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.

It chronicles his early life in Western Australiahis experiences as a private during the Tortunate campaign of World War I and his return to civilian life after the war. I believe everything he did was commendable. This book was like having a yarn with an old guy at the pub. The really important aspect is the personal aspect of the development of the Wheatbelt region — that is what makes this book great. Bert suffered the horrors of WWI where he just survived Gallipoli, being honourably discharged through injury.


In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established fortunste falls down a haz A truly riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself.

Henri Safran Marcus Cole. Strongest are the accounts of his childhood, where, with a memory for detail so miraculous it makes you fortunatr whether illiteracy may somehow have been an advantage, he pulls no punches in his internal processes, sharing his solitude with frotunate frank simplicity that touches you deeply, and a humility reflected in the story’s ingenuous fortunqte.

My idea was to read books while traveling around CR and then leave them in whatever city I finished them thus making more room available in my suitcase to bring home souvineers. A Fortunate Life Author A. Facey’s story was so remarkable, however, that it was immediately accepted for commercial publication.

A Fortunate Life 2 3 Dec 29, 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 lice farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II an This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. When he met Evelyn, she became the love of his life — their long marriage produced seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren.

A Fortunate Life

An epic tale of adventure with a reluctant, humble, intelligent and likeable hero who survives exploitation and harsh-treatment equating to child abuse, then escapes and eventually embarks on an epic wild cross-country droving adventure where he gets lost in the bush is rescued by a local tribe I thought that the “we lived happily ever after” voice-over at the end was a bit of a cop-out; after all the appeal of the show is the characterization of Bert as a tough, yet moral and easygoing man.

The couple had seven children — the eldest, Barney, was killed during the Second World War — and twenty-eight grandchildren. At the end of this book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this wonderful journey.


I apprieciated his struggle and the end result. The autobiography begins at his birth. And I really enjoyed that honest perspective.

The mini-series stays true to the form of the book: Jul 03, Sally Edgerton rated it it was amazing. Search for ” A Fortunate Life ” on Amazon. They are for use by the media to accompany articles, essays, interviews and reviews relevant to the specific title.

Born in Sweden to coppersmiths, a veteran of the Swedish airforce back in biplane daysan immigrant to cacey USA, he fortumate to become an independent tool and die maker in Chicago while raising a family and participating in virtually every fraternal organization I’d ever heard of.

Wounded, he then has a large loving family of his own, suffers in the Great Depression and then suffers more tragedy through drought and when he looses sons in the war. View all 5 comments.

A Fortunate Life – Fremantle Press

This edition contains maps and illustrations and an afterword by Jan Carter. Don’t criticise a 78 year old man who probably did a lot more than what you ever have done or will do. Add the first question. He wrote this book to leave his story behind for his children and we are so lucky that he did.

There is cruelty and there is kindness, though perhaps not in equal measure. I would recommend this book to anyone, Australian or not, it is truly a masterpiece and really makes you think about life Oh my goodness! It read like a bullet point more tha I had to read this book for our Book Club this month. Four part biopic about classic Australian author A. Full Cast and Crew. Through it all he was an old-fashioned gentleman, honest, true and chaste.