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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I congratulate whichever publisher somehow overcame the usually insurmountable affectation for over-conscious writerliness, and persevered long enough to become honestly engaged by this remarkable story.

It is also featured in many Australian primary and secondary schools as a reading book for young adults. Want to Read fortnate. This makes me thing that ‘A fortunate life’ should be re-classified as fiction not biography. I’ve read many, many autobiographies, most by famous people, most quite self-conscious, many defensive. Don’t just take the opinion of one man against the reputation and legacy of another man.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

It is hardly surprising that returned servicemen refused to discuss this with their families nor glorified war. A lkfe riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself.

I recommend every Aussie to have a read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Return to Book Page. There was a great ending to this story and this man was so wonderful to truly believe that his life was a fortunate one despite all his pain and the issues he faced.

They had a challenging existence, they worked hard and they had a bigger sense of family and community than we do today. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural facry, survived the 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.


Edit Cast Series cast summary: This was the hardest part of his life and fills most of the fortujate. Feb 11, Kris rated it it was amazing.

A Fortunate Life Author A. There are no literary devices employed: Facey has no time for metaphor. I have a lot more respect for those that came before me. And yet, he also encountered many kind strangers and neighbours who were unstinting in their help. Narrator 4 episodes, Dorothy Alison User Polls The greatest Australian mini-series, short run tv series Books on areas being developed, by those that a I finished this book with mixed feelings: I loved this story and thought how sad it was that men like this don’t really exist anymore.

Bert 14 years 2 episodes, Dominic Sweeney A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration.

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.

Facey is born poverty in rural Victoria. I finished this book with mixed feelings: 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. At the end of this book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this wonderful journey. He escaped from drunken employers after they beat him with a bul I can’t be enthusiastic enough about this autobiography by Albert Facey.

In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established he falls down a hazardous well and and miraculously escapes. He was in the Eleventh Battalion at the Gallipoli landing; after the war, he became a farmer under the Soldier Settlement Scheme but was forced off the land during the Depression. Bert 9 years 2 episodes, This goes into my favourite reads ever pile. It was a black man, very wild-looking, with a long bushy beard.


I apprieciated his struggle and the end result. Facey’s struggle to survive during hard times. Eric Facey 3 episodes, May 29, Laura C. View all 3 comments.

A Fortunate Life by A B Facey – Penguin Books Australia

Facey had an awful 1st 15 years: Born in a large impoverished family, uneducated and illiterate, he had to fend for himself since he was eight, and as a recruit in WWI, he was sent to Gallipoli.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Their charm lies in the sincerity of the author, a man that one finds so easy to admire through his writing alone. This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. Tells the true story of the life of Albert.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers – Fremantle Press

From Our Catalogue Pre-Order. 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.

When he was denied a chance at being adopted to a loving couple, I could not help feeling horrified at his biological mother’s callousness. This is the kind of book that you read aloud to your kids when they are ,ife to be bored with you reading to them.