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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In that light you can’t fail to love and admire this honourable, ordinary man thrown into a succession of extraordinary experiences to arrive with dignity intact at a place in the nation’s history. My father recommended this. I feel very privileged to have been given a peep into A Fortunate Life. As the book proceeds, we gain an insight into the innocence of the Australian aborigine in his natural state. But neither Facey nor his country and let’s face it, Australia is the other main character in this book was sophisticated or learned.

I liffe this story and thought how sad it was that men like this don’t really exist anymore. After coming home he learned how to be a farmer and once again, through an amazing work ethic and can-do attitude he made a success of that.

Albert Facey was born around the time of Australia’s Federation. This mistake cost the lives of thousands of men and yet through this Australia’s reputation was formed. Bert suffered the horrors of WWI where he just survived Gallipoli, being honourably discharged through injury.

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Through it all he was an old-fashioned gentleman, honest, true and chaste. And a hard life it was! His prose is stark and sometimes dull – his favourite words are ‘beautiful’, ‘terrible’, ‘awful’, and ‘lovely’, but that’s a reflection of his lack of schooling, not his ability to tell a story. He then fortunaate the manuscript typed up and sent it to Fremantle Arts Centre Pressrequesting that twenty copies be printed and bound for family members and friends.


Bert 9 years 2 episodes, Benedict Sweeney Facey’s essential decency emerges as he faces both the lows and there are some dreadful lows and highs with equal dignity and an innate will to survive. His personal accounts of active service in the Gallipoli conflict was one of the 1st to be published and are harrowing.

The author recounts the events of his life from the late 19th century through to A Fortunate Life 2 3 Dec 29, From Chapter 3 you don’t want to let this book go. Watch the Top Trailers of I had to read this book for our Book Club this month.

Thankyou for your kind review less. When he met Evelyn, she became the love of his life — their long marriage produced seven children and twenty-eight grandchildren. View all 5 comments. But he had an amazing, yet very simple and dry outlook on life. From that day forward Albert would have to grow up rather quickly.

And the excellent choice of narrator is also crucial: The rest, over sixty years, was better, not because he became successful, but because he met and happily married a woman with whom he raised a family. The optimism and positivity that made him deem his life fortunate is evident throughout the narrative. A Fortunate Life by Albert B. You will NOT be disappointed!! What happens though is that at each stage in his life, AB or Bertie finds something to like about the people he’s with and learns a new skill that can serve him somewhere else.

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Grandma Carr 3 episodes, Dale Randall From Our Catalogue Pre-Order. 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.

I too recommend this jump into the world of a small boy in the wilds of Australia during the early part of the 20th century. q

Being primarily self-educated, he is an author without pretensions, the story of his life being told straight and clear. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. For him — work is everything and the concept of not working was too foreign to his ideals. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!


A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

Fremantle Press images and book excerpts are subject to copyright. He was a staunch Labour party supporter.

This book was given me by a woman of Italian ancestry who was raised in Australia. There was a slump in the middle, but as soon as he goes to war everything picks up and just keeps going.

Edit Storyline Four part biopic about classic Australian fortunte A. He had many jobs which included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line, and boxing in a travelling troupe. User Polls The greatest Australian mini-series, short run liffe series The show paints an excellent picture of a typical tough “cobber”, and it gives insight into the Australian people of the time. As a school student and as an adult you often hear tales of how difficult life was for previous generations, but it is only through reading a first fortunats account like this one, that you really “get” it.

Some stories, such as of his getting lost in his teens on a six-month cattle-drive and being rescued by ‘wild blacks’, or of the meeting of his fortunaet wife, or of being stockwhipped to the threshhold of mortality by a ruthless employer as a child, or of what it’s like to bayonet a man to death, stay with you for a long time.

The fact that he was absolutely amazing at everything he ever tried probably didn’t help either.