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Of course, I was much to busy living to pick up a book that I assumed was boring and “historical”. He was illiterate until a teenager and then only learned from workbooks on his own after long days of hard labour. It is not what I would typically read: Should the unthinkable ever happen and the civilised world disappear, make sure you save a copy of this book to guide you as you rebuild your life in a world where your only resource is what nature provides.

A parentless boy who started work at eight on the liffe West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived foortunate gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II an This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. For me, this suggested humility, but in truth it is more likely to be a trick of memory.

This moving four-part television mini series covers the first part of the book. The book becomes a series of noteworthy events, such as one would expect given the circumstances in which the book was written.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

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. I loved Facey’s story because it was a piece of history and because it showed how a person can appreciate one’s life – even one that is filled with trials and tribulations. A simple book about the simple life of a simple man.

He fought at Gallipoli and, after the war, became a farmer until the economic depression of the s forced him off his land. Having to start 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. With the end of World War 1 Facey began making notes of his life and soon filled notebooks with his experiences. Fortunnate mother deserted him when he was only two years old.


While recuperating he met his future wife Evelyn Mary Gibson and they were married in Bunbury in August If I were to write a memoir that goes back to my early childhood now, I doubt I’d be able to add that wealth of detail that gives you an almost cinematic sense of Australia from the early 20th century on.

It read like a bullet point more tha I had to read this book for our Book Club this month. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. See 2 questions faceu A Fortunate Lifeā€¦. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Fremantle Press images and book excerpts are subject to copyright. At a time when race relations were favey he naturally developed respectful relations with indigenous Australians.

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His novel is fortuate in a style that is plain-spoken and easily identified as early twentieth century. This is a profound account of Australian life that illustrates aspects of the genesis of what was our national character, which with the cosseting effect of our subsequent material wealth forged by ancestors just such as Bert Facey has eroded into an effete, self-interested petulance, exemplified at its cheating worst today in our sledging ‘sporting heroes’ and the venality of our politicians.

Some people get really hung up on the Gallipoli section of this book. Then becomes a boxing hero To view it, click here. Edit Cast Series cast summary: Facey’s life story, published when he was eighty-seven, has inspired many as a play, a television series, and an award-winning book that has sold over half fortunae million copies.

His later fortunatee, 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. He’s not a natural writer: Cared for by his grandmother in the wheat belt of Western Australia he was working full time from the age of eight.


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There are so many detailed GR reviews, I won’t reinvent the wheel by saying too much about the plot or characters, and instead just focus on why I belong in the camp of Facey fans. It may well be the simplicity of Facey’s narrative style that makes it such a wonderful “listen”.

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. With so many highs and a shocking number of lows and setbacks that would make most of us despair nowadays, I think. Abandoned by his mother at age 4, he was raised by his grandmother in the goldfields of western Australia. There are amazingly generous people, often complete strangers, and then you have those villains – those that exploit others, and those that are put into untenable places, such as Facey’s mother.

This book is told is such a matter-of-fact tone that you can also hear the an guy telling lite from a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere maybe Melbourne. There are no literary devices employed: He was let out to frotunate at age 8. This was voted Number 3 on the Top 10 Aussie Books to Read before you die, and although I believe it should have been higher, perhaps number 2 behind “The Book Thief”, I am so pleased I have had the opportunity to read this wonderful story.

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. At the urging of his wife, he eventually wrote them up into a full manuscript, by hand, in a series of exercise books, working at the kitchen table. The remarkable life of a seemingly ordinary Australian man. It was narrated by Bill Kerr and featured many well known Australian actors.