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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This moving four-part television mini series covers the first part of the book. So was mr Facey telling a lie? Stedman rated it really liked fortunatr.

I’ve read many, many autobiographies, most by famous people, most quite self-conscious, many defensive. At a time when race relations were uneasy he naturally developed respectful relations with indigenous Australians.

Mr Facey was not an author. Things go from bad to worse for his family and over time.

A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey

It opened my eyes to how hard life had been for earlier generations in Australia. What does everyone think? I won’t spoil your view of me by whinging and whining retrospectively.

It was enlightening and, at times, profoundly moving. Facey tought himself to read and write in adulthood and he was primarily an oral story teller and this is reflected in the prose.

His later life and the story of how he met his wife who he clearly loved deeply was also a great part.


Jock McKay 2 lief, Even those in dire hardship fortunat least have the backstop of Government support, something that didn’t exist then. Facey’s return to the life of Western Australia after enduring the punishingly realistic scenes of the Battle of Gallipoli: It gives you an insight and understanding of what it was like for many at this time in Australia. At no time is there any suggestion that the book was written with publication in mind.

A Fortunate Life

Like many of his generation he was faced with the spectre of war and fought at Gallipoli. Audible Download Audio Books.

In he moved from Victoria to Western Australia in the care of his grandmother, Face. Expect no sexual thread: They had a challenging existence, they worked hard and they had a bigger sense of family and community than we do today.

A truly riveting story cortunate survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself. About Details Media Born inand first sent to work at the age of eight, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer and farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy, surviving Gallipoli, raising a family through the Depression, losing a son in the Second World War, and meeting his beloved Evelyn with whom he shared nearly sixty years of marriage.

Facey had a very hard fortynate.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

The author recounts the events of his life from the late 19th century through to User Reviews Mini-series based on seminal Australian biography. Grandma Carr 3 episodes, My father recommended this. 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.


Some people get really hung up on the Gallipoli section of this book. The result is pure Dad and Dave comedy underwritten by the tragedy that follows.

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He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. Most of his childhood was spent in the Wickepin area. These things happened, I survived, I’m proud I survived and proud to have had such an eventful life.

I think the fact that Dad and I both enjoyed this book so much is a reflection of the broad appeal of the story. 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. There are no literary devices employed: It was very dry and non-emotional. A Fortunate Life 2 3 Dec 29, Dec 22, Tallsharon rated it it was amazing.