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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Born inAlbert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. forhunate

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It is the story of a life lived to the full — the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. Just the fact that Albert found himself in a position to pen his experiences at such a ripe old age is nothing short of amazing.


Fortjnate was a feeling of wonder — not lonely, not afraid — a feeling of independence. He neither glorifies hardship, nor wears it like a badge — he simply appreciates the good whenever and in whatever form it comes.

The stark perspective this unassuming title, A Fortunate Lifecan shine on our everyday trifles is z gift to a modern reader. Facey was born in and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheat-belt of Western Australia.

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His father died before he was two and he was deserted by his mother soon afterwards. He was looked after by his grandmother until he was eight years old, when he went out to work. Abert many jobs included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line from Merredin to Wickepin and boxing in a travelling troupe.

He was in the Eleventh Battalion at the Gallipoli landing; after the war, he became a farmer under the Soldier Settlement Scheme but was forced off lifw land during the Depression.


He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. Facey, who had no formal education, taught himself to read and write. He made the first notes of his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences.

They very soon found they had a bestseller on their hands! Albert died innine months after A Fortunate Life had been published, and his daughter Barbara died in I adored A Vacey Life the first time I read it when I was about 12 and it remains one of my favourite Lifs novels. It is moving in a similar way that My Brilliant Career is… something special.

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