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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.

'[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

'This is an autobiography that should be read by young people today. Albert Facey, a man who taught himself to read and write, writes it, and writes it well... There is so much to learn on every page about how to live a successful life, no matter how the deficits pile up.' Queensland Reviewers Collective

'Facey is a natural storyteller ... The optimism and positivity that made him deem his life fortunate is evident throughout the narrative. Facey is often described as “an ordinary man” but his life story will be far from ordinary for contemporary children...' Writing WA

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

ISBN 9781925591446 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's ebooks
Books for History Teachers
Fiction for Middle Readers
Anzac and War
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
The West Australian's ED! Serialisations
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