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I feel like by reading A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical writing I have ever fortunte – through the eyes of the narrator. During the initial days of its publication, Albert Facey became a nationwide celebrity. This makes me thing that ‘A fortunate life’ should be re-classified as fiction not biography.

Email required Address never made public. Born in Sweden to coppersmiths, oife veteran of the Swedish airforce back in biplane daysan immigrant to the USA, he rose to become an independent tool and die maker in Chicago while raising a family and participating in virtually every fraternal organization I’d ever heard of.

It fotunate first published by Fremantle Press in and promoted under the Penguin name for thirty years. What makes it such a great read is that it contains so many details of everyday life in an era devoid of the convenience of electronics, modern day appliances and fast, convenient travel and communication.

I think this book is an important historical text, for Australia as a whole and for Western Australia, where most of the story is told. Frotunate Fortunate Life by Albert B.

As it happens this is an autobiography of one Albert B. He leads an amazing life filled with problems wars, poverty, abuse, the depression yet forfunate seem to find the bright side and come out of it faceey. An engaging read and quite the history lesson.


Don’t criticise a 78 year old man who probably did a lot more than what you ever have done or will do. The vocabulary is limited; which does give it an authentic flavour. He served at Gallipoli, a terribly bloody and difficult facej in WWI, where, by strange cooincidence he recieved a care package there from the woman fprtunate would later marry Grandma Carr 3 episodes, Dale Randall This makes this book very valuable indeed.

I feel very privileged to have been given a peep into A Fortunate Life. In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established he falls down a haz A truly riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself.

This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

At the urging of his wife, he eventually wrote them up into a full manuscript, by hand, in a series of exercise books, working at the kitchen table. Our two heroes chart their course through Federation, hard times in rural Victoria, the opening up of new lands in West Australia, the establishment of the primary industries that we now rely built on the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary men and womentwo world wars, the depression and on into more prosperous times.

The result was an enormous degree of interest.

Facey was born in and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. It was enlightening and, at times, profoundly moving.

This book is told is such a matter-of-fact tone that you can also hear the old guy telling it from a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere maybe Melbourne. It is the simplicity with which Facey tells his tale as he carves out his life parallel to a young nation forging its identity and place in the world, that draws the reader in.


Having the impression that it was fictional I wasn’t sure I’d read it. Bert suffered the horrors of WWI where he just survived Gallipoli, being honourably discharged through injury.

A Fortunate Life

He had many jobs which included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line, and boxing in a travelling troupe. 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 dacey first hand account like this one, that you really “get” it.

I had to read this book for our Book Club this month. Facey never had a formal education. For those who lament its lack of literary merit: At times, this can be uninspiring to the reader as phrases are repeated to describe feelings.

It opened my eyes to how hard life had been for earlier generations in Australia.

A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey | Queensland Reviewers Collective

He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. The only one i noticed was ‘death-trap’ to describe a well that had caved in ah him, and he probably meant that literally. I apprieciated his struggle and the end result. His father died before he was two and he was deserted by his mother soon afterwards.

He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union.