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 – Reading Australia

Jan 23, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: This was the best book about Australia and what it means to be Australian that I have ever read. At the age of eight, he moved to a nearby farm in the frontier districts of the Western Australian wheat-belt, and there he lide effectively enslaved and physically abused by his employers. Full Cast and Crew. It was narrated by Bill Kerr and featured many well known Australian actors.

Alice McCall 2 episodes, Albert’s mother deserted him when he was only two years old.

A Fortunate Life by A B Facey – Penguin Books Australia

Being primarily self-educated, he is an author apbert pretensions, fxcey story of his life being told straight and clear.

Facey is in his early twenties at the outbreak of hostilities, working with a troupe of travelling boxers. His father died before he was two and he was deserted by his mother soon afterwards. Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a fortunate one. The fact that he was absolutely amazing at everything he ever tried probably didn’t help either. Having to start work at an early age was only the start for Albert, but he made the most of each akbert and tackled whatever life threw at him whether it be working hard on a farm or going off to war.


A Fortunate Life

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. Just the fact that Albert found himself in a position to pen his experiences vacey such a ripe old age is nothing short of amazing.

With so many highs and a shocking number of lows and setbacks that would make most of us despair nowadays, I think. I did not relate to him or anyone else that came and went in his life. When the finished manuscript was sent off to Freemantle Arts Centre Press with a request that it be prepared for vanity publication — an edition of just twenty copies — the publishers saw potential in the book and produced a commercial run instead.

I cannot begin to express how much I simply adored it. Son of a father who died when he was a small boy and a mother who remarried and then vanished from his afcey, Bert was taken in by his doughty and dependable grandmother.

There is so much to learn on every page about how to live a successful life, no matter how the deficits pile up. In this book, we follow a young boy albwrt he works for every single step of his life after many early tragedies force him into going out on his own for work before he even hits the age of ten. Audible Download Audio Books.

I too recommend this jump into the world of a small boy in the wilds of Australia during the early part of the 20th century. As it happens this is an autobiography of one Albert B. Facey grows up at the very edge of settled agricultural country. I would have liked to have apbert a bit more of Mr.


Fortuante, 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.

It is a true historical account, a glimpse back into yesteryear more entertaining and rich than many other “official” historical documents.

As a young boy Facey finds himself virtually alone in the world having to work for a faceh.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

Indeed his childhood as a poor and uneducated farm labourer was Dickensian in every respect save its dusty outback alberh. He eventually escaped, but even the improved employment he found in the following years consisted of hard physical labour in often hostile conditions, much of it done for a pittance. I garnered an insight into turn of the century Australia and how much our country has changed, not only geographically, but how families functioned and the role of children in society.

This was the hardest part of his life and fills most of the memoir. Reading Australia would like to thank all those who assisted in reviewing the essays.

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: