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A true classic of Australian literature, Facey’s simply penned story offers a unique window onto the history of Australian life through the greater part of the twentieth century – the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

Albert Facey’s story is the story of Australia.

Born in 1894, and first sent to work at the age of nine, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer and farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy, surviving Gallipoli, raising a family through the Depression, losing a son in the Second World War, and meeting his beloved Evelyn with whom he shared nearly sixty years of marriage.

Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a fortunate one.

A true classic of Australian literature, Facey’s simply penned story offers a unique window onto the history of Australian life through the greater part of the twentieth century – the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

Reviews

[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 the sort of book that makes me feel comfortable and warm. It’s a companion and friend, much, much more than a collection of words . . . The charm of the chapters lies in the sincerity of the author, a man that one finds so easy to admire through his writing alone

Queensland Reviewers Collective

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781925591408

    April 21, 2018

    Fremantle Press

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781742283975

    July 1, 1985

    Penguin eBooks

    168 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • 1981
    Winner
    Non-Fiction
  • Banjo Award for Australian Literature
    1981
    Winner
    Non-Fiction
  • NSW State Literary Award
    1981
    Winner
    Douglas Stewart Prize

Also by A B Facey

A Fortunate Life: Fremantle Press Treasures Edition
A Fortunate Life: Edition for Young Readers
A Fortunate Life: Australian Children's Classics

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