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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But he also had good moments – he persevered and seemed to understand how important education was in order to for him get ahead. Jack Lander 2 episodes, It is not what I would typically read: Archie McCall 2 episodes, Archie McCall 2 episodes, Jeffrey Rhoe I loved this book — or forgunate the story, which I read in print more than 30 years ago and have just now listened to in audio book format — a format that I have found highly problematic with many books.

This book was like having a yarn with an old guy at the pub. He could scarcely have imagined, however, that three decades and three quarters of a million copies later the book would still be in print and regarded an Australian classic.

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Badly injured at Gallipolihe suffered severe problems which were later the cause of his death. Retrieved 19 July View all 6 comments. It also documents his extraordinary life of hardship, loss, fortuate and love.

I loved this book and I loved the ending. An Aussie friend down here told me it’s a very famous book in Australia He’s an english teacher fortunaye recommended to everyone else at our lunch table. As a tram driver in Perth in the years immediately afterward, he becomes involved with the trade union movement and develops a more sophisticated sense of the bifurcation between the haves and have-nots in Australian society.

Most of his childhood was spent in the Wickepin area.

And a hard life it was! Yet this book left me cold and totally detached from the nightmare of WW1.

Edit Cast Series cast summary: He is quick on his feet but the fights are largely staged — acts of violence performed as tortunate entertainment. Fremantle Press images and book excerpts are subject to copyright.

Frequently — notwithstanding the bone-plain prose and dogged dialogue — the reader will be moved to facye. There is one man I’ve personally known in my life whose own story resembled Facey’s. I thoroughly recommend reading this novel!!.

A Fortunate Life

The boy is raised on stories of black violence against whites and fears them. I am a mess of emotions at the moment. AB Facey believes he lived a “fortunate” life but I think everyone who reads this book will find other ways to describe it, such as “amazing” or “miraculous” or “courageous” or “grim. In his earlier years, he must have retold his stories to family and others, which probably explains the recalling of details so many decades after the fact.


From the farms, to war and then to settling down with his own family, it is filled with honesty and warmth that is truly inspiring. As it happened, Albert Facey was a storyteller. Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical facy I have ever read – through the eyes of the narrator.

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I’ve read many books on this topic and all of them touched my heart and my soul. At the end of this book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this wonderful journey. From that day forward Albert would have to grow up rather quickly. It chronicles his early life in Western Australiahis experiences as a private during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I and his return to civilian life after the war.

It made us all very loyal to one another.