A Fortunate Life

A Fortunate Life

Book - 1981
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Independent Publishing Group
Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression, and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full—the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

Publisher: Australia : Penguin Books, c. 1981
ISBN: 9780143003540
Characteristics: 422p


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Dec 02, 2017

An amazing insight into the life of an extraordinary ordinary Australian whose philosophy was that all you needed to enjoy life was determination, a grateful disposition and a little help from your friends.

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 29, 2017

A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. In this book, we follow a young boy as he works for every single step of his life after many early tragedies force him into going out on his own for work before he even hits the age of ten. Today I could not imagine the young children I know packing up and moving along to farms asking for work and so on for short times and hard labour but for many children and the writer of this book it is the only choice they have. There was a great ending to this story and this man was so wonderful to truly believe that his life was a fortunate one despite all his pain and the issues he faced. At the end of this book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this journey.

hippyheart Jun 29, 2010

What an amazing man whose story needs to be known by all Australians. I think of this book every time we chop firewood!

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