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A Fortunate Life
A.B. Facey (d.1982)
Born in 1894 and first sent to work at the age of eight, 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 60 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.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘[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
Banjo Award for Australian Literature (Winner 1981)
NSW State Literary Award (Winner 1981)
Douglas Stewart Prize (Winner 1981)