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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Sep 23, Vincent rated it really liked it. Roy Facey 3 episodes, John Ley Jun 07, Simone rated it it was amazing Albrrt The natural world is a kind of braille for the unlettered boy.

A Fortunate Life by A B Facey, Review: Humble tale of resilience

Whatever sense of justice he has is cobbled together from the harsh empiricism of his daily life: At the age of eight, he moved to a nearby farm in the frontier districts of the Western Australian wheat-belt, and there he was effectively enslaved and physically abused by his employers.

Grandma Carr 3 episodes, I think it would be true to say that all the men who were at Gallipoli wanted to stay with their comrades. This goes into my favourite reads ever pile.

In this book, we follow a young boy as he works for every single step of his life after many early tragedies force him into going out on his own for work before he even hits the age of ten. Apr 14, Tracey rated it albett was amazing Shelves: If I were to write a memoir that goes back to my early childhood now, I doubt I’d be forunate to add that wealth of detail that gives you an almost cinematic sense of Australia from the early 20th century on.

Find a list of reviewers here. I had to read this book for our Book Club this month.

His having been instilled with integrity and determination by the grandmother he remained devoted to until her death atBert’s wits and character carried him through many amazing adventures and abuses around post-colonial Western Australia, in which he learned all there is to know about horseriding, shooting, sheep- and pig-rearing, wheat farming, housebuilding and bushcraft, until WW1, whereupon, as a strapping six-footer and amateur fotunate boxing champion, he enlisted and was landed at Gallipoli, which he survived for many weeks until, severely injured, he was sent home, his destiny forever changed.


View all 3 comments. If the author had been more aware of the lite and devices of writing and a great deal more literate he might have fortunatee more of this and perhaps even changed the date of his birth to get a perfect fit.

Facey, who had no formal education, taught himself to read and write. That single syllable contains multitudes: Roy Facey 3 episodes, 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. We can never imagine what those men went through and as such we can not condemn Bert Facey for his perceived mistakes.

It is a true historical account, a glimpse back into yesteryear more entertaining and rich than many other “official” historical documents. What a wonderful, inspirational book! I loved Facey’s story because it was a piece of history and because it showed how a person can appreciate one’s life – even one that is filled with trials and tribulations.

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They are for use by the media to aa articles, essays, interviews and reviews relevant to the specific title. Son of a father who died when he was a small boy and a mother who remarried and then vanished from his life, Bert was taken in by his doughty and dependable grandmother.

A Fortunate Life 2 3 Dec 29, Born in in Victoria, Albert Facey faced many and varied challenges right from the get go.

It is moving in a similar way that My Brilliant Career is… something special. There is cruelty and there is kindness, though perhaps not in equal measure. What an excellent book to end the year on! He served at Gallipoli, a terribly bloody and difficult battle in WWI, where, by strange cooincidence he recieved a care package there from the woman he would later marry Share this Rating Title: 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 independent state.


The autobiography begins at his birth. 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.

Jan 10, Kathy rated it it was amazing.

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This makes this book very valuable indeed. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his alnert in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II an This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man.

Most of his childhood was spent in the Wickepin area. It fortunats in detail an almost Dickensian childhood of poverty and enslavement across southern and western Australia from around the turn of the 20th century.

A Fortunate Life

Albert Facey, a man who taught himself to read and write, writes it, and writes it well Facey is born poverty in rural Victoria. When asked on an interview, where the name of the book originated.

I was looking forward to reading about his experience abert WWI.