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A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

Written by A.B. Facey

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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 hopeful despite the hardships of his life. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. This edition has been specially adapted for young readers.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
'[A] plain, unembellished, utterly sincere and un self-pitying account of the privations of childhood and youth.' Courier Mail

'[An] extremely powerful description of Gallipoli.' Australian Book Review

AWARDS
Banjo Award for Australian Literature, (Winner 1981)
NSW State Literary Award, (Winner 1981)
Douglas Stewart Prize (Winner, 1981)

Properties
ISBN 9781925591446 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Coming Soon
Fiction for Middle Readers
Anzac and War
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 3rd
Publication Year 1981, 2018
Pages 184
Rights World
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    A.B. Facey

    A.B. Facey was born in 1894 and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. 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. His 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 the land during the Depression. He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. A.B. Facey, who had no formal education, taught himself to read and write. He made the first notes on his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences. Finally, on his children’s urging, he submitted the handwritten manuscript to the Press. He died in 1982, nine months after A Fortunate Life had been published to wide acclaim. Read more