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. A Fortunate Life [A.B. Facey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With Bill Kerr, Dorothy Alison, Dale Randall, John Ley. Four part biopic about classic Australian author A.B. Facey (). Born in a large impoverished.

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From then on, he led a remarkable life from being farmed out at a young age to cruel and kind families alikeworking in agriculture and lifestock, serving during World War I at Gallipoli, surviving the Depression and the loss of a son during World War II.

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. Therefore, facry storytelling is simple and without any literally pretentions.

From very young age he had to face things that we even as adults would have very hard time to deal with. Of course, I was much to busy living to pick up a book that I assumed was boring and “historical”. He lost his father, sister, brothers, mother, grandmother, facej son and his wife.

A Fortunate Life

Strongest are the accounts of his childhood, where, with a memory for detail so miraculous it makes you wonder whether illiteracy may somehow have been an advantage, he pulls no punches in his internal processes, sharing his solitude with a frank simplicity that touches you deeply, and a humility reflected in the story’s ingenuous title. This is the kind of book that you read aloud to your kids when they are beginning to be bored with you reading to them.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. While recuperating he met his future wife Evelyn Mary Gibson and they were married in Bunbury in August This is a book that reminds us what is good and fine about mankind, told clean and true.

Albert Facey, a man who taught himself to read and write, writes it, and writes it well As a mother, I was horrified at the circumstances this young boy found himself in and how terribly people can treat a child.

The result was an enormous degree of interest. The couple had seven children — the eldest, Barney, was killed during the Second World War — and twenty-eight grandchildren. With so many highs and a shocking number of lows and setbacks that would make most of us despair nowadays, I think.

There was a little bragging and I am not sure if all Mr Facey’s accomplishments were real boxer, council man, tram driver, running properties with ‘s of cattle at age 12!

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

The story is fascinating reading; not only does it detail Facey’s childhood and adulthood, it probably also details the childhood of modern Australia, of its development from outpost of a distant Empire, to fortunatee state. Gorgeous and immersive, this little treasure about the importance of kindness and friendship was a powerful book to read in the lead up to the year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.

There were many occasions when I smiled, cringed, cried and laughed in this book. Today I could not vortunate the young children I know packing up and moving along to farms asking for work and so on for short times and hard labour but for many children and the writer of this book it is the only choice they have.


He started working on farms at the age of eight and had little education and therefore could wb read or write. While in the second hand store looking for books to read during my month in Costa Rica I came across the memoir, A Fortunate Life. The focus of the work is on the first quarter of the t This book was given me by a woman of Italian ancestry who was raised in Australia. This makes this book very valuable indeed. Bert is severely whipped but weeks later, when his body has recovered, he escapes and returns home.

Reviewed by Ian Lipke A. I feel like by reading A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. A Fortunate Life is an autobiography by Albert Facey published innine months before his death.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey | Queensland Reviewers Collective

Don’t criticise a 78 year old man who probably did a lot pife than what you ever have done or will do. Narrator 4 episodes, You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

But I did not like the way this book was written at all.

And I really enjoyed that honest perspective. I would recommend this book to anyone, Australian or not, it is truly a masterpiece and really makes you think about life.

Sep 23, Vincent rated it really liked it.