A Fortunate Life

by Albert B. Facey

This is the extraordinary life of an ordinaryman.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 331 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.12 out of 5
  • Published 1981 by Penguin Books Australia Ltd
  • Original Title: A Fortunate Life
  • ISBN: 0140081674 (ISBN13: 9780140081671)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction (1981)

This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II and that of his beloved wife after sixty devoted years – yet he felt that his life was fortunate.Facey’s life story, published when he was eighty-seven, has inspired many as a play, a television series, and an award-winning book that has sold over half a million copies. ‘I am stunned by the horror this man endured in his childhood. I am humbled by his gentle acceptance of the good and the bad… This is an extraordinary and moving book.’Adelaide Advertiser