The remarkable story of an ‘ordinary’ man. Bert Facey’s childhood ended when he was eight years old. That was when his grandmother had to. A Fortunate Life. Sample chapter. Classic. A Fortunate Life. Written by A.B. Facey Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a. Albert Facey, a man who taught himself to read and write, writes it, and writes it The optimism and positivity that made him deem his life fortunate is evident.

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A Fortunate Life by A B Facey, Review: Humble tale of resilience

A handsome, fit, grandmother-loving, non-drinker who was denied an education yet craves education and yet is a natural communicator and becomes a leader in the unions and advocates fair-treatment and equality. This book covered his hard childhood he started working at 8! His commentary on the horror at Gallipoli will stay with me albery a long time. They are for use by the media to accompany articles, essays, interviews and reviews relevant to the specific title.

Retrieved 19 July They had a challenging existence, they worked hard and they had a bigger sense of family and community than we do today. s

His many jobs included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line from Merredin to Wickepin and boxing in a travelling troupe. He is quick on his feet but the fights are largely staged — acts of violence performed as light entertainment. Jack Lander 2 episodes, Rate this Resource 5 votes, average: If the author had been more aware of the conventions and devices of albery and a great deal more literate he might have made more of this and perhaps even changed the date of his birth to get a perfect fit.

Born inAlbert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn.


And then to call this roller-coaster tale A Fortunate Life! 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.

This was the best book about Australia and what it means to be Australian that I have ever read. An Aussie friend down here told me it’s a very famous book in Australia He’s an english teacher and recommended to everyone else at our lunch table. 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 Archie McCall 2 episodes, As his unhappy early life was characterized by loneliness and abandonment, his adult life was ‘fortunate’, despite the Depression, despite his disabilities, because of others: He was let out to work at age 8.

I’ve read many books on this topic and all of them touched my heart and my soul. Facey often told these stories to his children, who begged him to write them down for future generations.

Aug 19, Nigel rated it really liked it. In handing it over she noted that it was a text familiar to most Australisns. He escaped from drunken employers after they beat him with a bul I can’t be enthusiastic enough about this autobiography by Albert Facey.

According to mr Roberts author of ‘landings at ANZAC ‘ Facey wasn’t at Fortunare until nearly two weeks after the landings, was never wounded and the landings themselves were made unopposed!

It read like a bullet point more tha I had to read this book for our Book Club this month.

A Fortunate Life by A B Facey, Review: Humble tale of resilience

Dec 19, Colleen Stone rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite his renowned life, Facey considered his albret to be simple and “had no idea what all the fuss was about”. May 04, R. Yet this book left me cold and totally forutnate from the nightmare of WW1. Gorgeous and immersive, this little treasure about the importance of kindness and friendship was a powerful book to read in the lead up to fqcey year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.


Humble tale of resilience. Facey has never attended school. He was in the Eleventh Battalion fortunzte the Gallipoli landing; after the war, he became a farmer under the Soldier Settlement Scheme but was forced off the land during the Depression.

The author recounts the events of his life from the late 19th century through to What makes it such a great read is that it contains so many details of everyday life in an era devoid of the convenience of electronics, modern day appliances and fast, convenient travel and communicatio A Fortunate Life is the only book written by Australian author, Albert Bernard Facey.

This book was given me by a woman of Italian ancestry who was raised in Australia. Having the impression that it was fictional I wasn’t sure I’d forttunate it. Abandoned in infancy by his widowed mother to his grandmother, young Bert was before the age of eight sent away from home to work in order to relieve the family of the expense of keeping him.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

Movies, TV shows, from the land down under. Had this not been a book club read I doubt I would have made it even half way. Would have been nice to hear more about his courtship with his apbert Evelyn Gibson, who serendipitously knitted his parcel of socks when he was in the trenches.

I have a lot more respect for those that came before me. I found it quite moving.

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