A Fortunate Life (young readers edition)

Publisher details

A Fortunate Life (young readers edition)
Author
A.B. Facey
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Non-Fiction
Released
01 July, 1985

Synopsis

The remarkable story of an 'ordinary' man. Bert grew up tough in the vast, wild outback of Western Australia. He lived to eighty-seven, and wrote down his extraordinary story for his grandchildren. In spite of its difficulties and sufferings, he always believed he had had 'a fortunate life'. A classic in Australian writing, this edition of A Fortunate Life has been specially adapted for young readers.
A.B. Facey
About the author

A.B. Facey

A.B. Facey was born in 1894 and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheat-belt of Western Australia. His father died before he was two and he was deserted by his mother soon afterwards. He was looked after by his grandmother until he was eight years old, when he went out to work. His many jobs included droving, hammering spikes on the railway line from Merredin to Wickepin and boxing in a travelling troupe. He was in the Eleventh Battalion at the Gallipoli landing; after the war, he became a farmer under the Soldier Settlement Scheme but was forced off the land during the Depression. He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union. Facey, who had no formal education, taught himself to read and write. He made the first notes of his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences. Finally, on the urging of his daughter, Barbara Rose, the hand-written manuscript was submitted to the Fremantle Arts Centre Press to see 'if they could print a few copies for the family'.  They very soon found they had a bestseller on their hands!  Albert died in 1982, nine months after A Fortunate Life had been published, and his daughter Barbara died in 2010.

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