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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Although an Australian story, it reminds me of stories I’ve heard from older American men who had similar experiences. 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.

When his grandmother became a widow, and with no such thing as welfare, she did the only smart thing and emigrated to Western Australia to be with the extended family. At no time is there any suggestion that the book was written with publication in mind. I’ve read many, many autobiographies, most by famous people, most quite self-conscious, many defensive. I felt like I was having a conversation with my grandad who died a long time ago and had a hard life working on the railways. 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.

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Search for ” A Fortunate Life ” on Amazon. He escaped from drunken employers after they beat him with a bul I can’t be enthusiastic enough about this autobiography by Albert Facey. Forttunate an amazing, inspirational story. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Feb 11, Kris rated it it was amazing. I cannot begin to express how much I simply adored it. It gives you an insight and understanding of what it was like for many gacey this time in Australia.


Audible Download Audio Books. Disappointment followed disappointment, leaving Facey, beginning at the age of eight, to substantially fend for himself as a hired hand. This moving four-part television mini series covers the first part of the book. A Fortunate Life —.

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I feel very privileged to have been given a peep into A Fortunate Life. This makes this book very valuable indeed. I did not relate to him or anyone else that came and went in his life. Roy Facey 3 episodes, John Ley As it happened, the publisher convinced Facey to release his story to a wider audience than just his family, and I’m so glad he did.

I believe everything he did was commendable. But this book works stunningly well in audio. Notify me of new comments via email. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.

This is a book that reminds us what is good and fine about mankind, told clean and true. Like Facey and unlike myself, I’d say much of his life was hard, but very well lived–lived until his ninety-sixth year, a model to all fotunate us fortunate enough to have known him.

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As it happened, Albert Facey was a storyteller. Things go from bad to worse for his family and ove Albert Facey was born around the time of Australia’s Federation.

He escaped from drunken employers after they beat him lief a bullwhip, rode a horse in a mile cattle march, got lost, stayed alive by chewing grass until he was rescued by native Australians, taught himself to read and write, learned to farm cattle, chickens and pigs, and had the adventures to prove it.


There is so much to learn on every page about how to live a successful life, no matter how the deficits pile up. After all this he travels to and survives horrific Gallipoli. The really important aspect is the personal aspect of the development of the Wheatbelt region — that is what makes this book great. Mr Facey was an amazingly strong man who took all hardships in his stride and kept striving for his family.

You rortunate commenting using your Twitter account. By the age of 14 he was an experienced bushmanand at 18 a professional boxer.

He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. This is the sort of book that makes me feel comfortable and warm. 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 Most of his childhood was spent in the Wickepin area.

If the author had been more aware of the conventions and devices of faceg and a great deal more literate he might have made more of this and perhaps even changed the date of his birth to get a perfect fit. Overall a brilliant, inspirational book that will help you understand what an amazing job the pioneers of this country did to help create the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today.

There were many occasions when I smiled, cringed, cried and laughed in this book.