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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The show paints an excellent picture of a typical tough “cobber”, and it gives insight into the Australian people of the time. He was looked after by his lofe until he was eight years old, when he went out to work.

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He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. Paperbackpages. But honestly, although the author presents a lot of interesting information about early 20th century Western Australia, I was distracted by his writ I unfortunately did not enjoy this book.

The optimism and positivity that made him deem his life fortunate is evident throughout the narrative. The focus of the work is on the first quarter of the twentieth century and most of that in Western Australia wheat-belt region. What particularly impressed me was how someone who didn’t get any formal schooling and then didn’t learn to read or write until well into his teens and beyondwas able to recall so much detail about the wages he was earning, the dates when things happened in his life, all the day-to-day observations about life many of which go back more than a century now.

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Disappointment followed disappointment, leaving Facey, beginning at the age of eight, to substantially fend for himself as a hired hand. This edition has been specially adapted for young readers.

A Fortunate Life 2 3 Dec 29, Facey was born in Victoria but moved to the West as a small child. I am so glad I read this near Anzac Day as it was even more poignant reading of his experiences.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Firstly, I must say how much I enjoyed this book and what an extraordinary read it was. 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.

Resilient, a real handyman with only basic tools, never complains and always finish what they start. Facey often told these stories to his children, who begged him to write them down for future generations. After all this he travels to and survives horrific Gallipoli. I recommend every Aussie to have a read. Their charm lies in the sincerity of the author, a man that one finds so easy to admire through his writing alone.

In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established he falls down a hazardous well and and miraculously escapes. See this year’s top trailers in under a minute, including Avengers: A beautifully written Firstly, I must say how much I enjoyed this book and what an extraordinary read it was.


Given our friendship, however, I resolved to give it a try. There is so much to learn on every page about how to live a successful life, no matter how the deficits pile up.

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Narrator 4 episodes, He’s not a natural writer: Pages to import images to Wikidata. I was looking forward to reading about his experience in WWI. I finished the entire thing within a few days b An old boyfriend, when I lived facsy Sydney, told me that if I wanted to really understand the Australian culture, I should read this. But he also fortunat good moments – he persevered and seemed to understand how important education was in order to for him get ahead. This was voted Number 3 on the Top face 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.

He died innine months after A Fortunate Life had been published to wide acclaim.