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A Fortunate Life

Fremantle Press Treasures Edition

A. B. Facey



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Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
29 October 2018
Biography; Autobiography: general; True stories; True stories: discovery, historical & scientific; Historical fiction
First sent to work at the age of eight, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer, farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then being rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy. He survived Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression, lost a son in the Second World War, and met 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.
By:   A. B. Facey
Imprint:   Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 185mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   506g
ISBN:   9781925591385
ISBN 10:   1925591387
Pages:   484
Publication Date:   29 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A.B. Facey was born in 1894 and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheatbelt 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. He had no formal education, and taught himself to read and write. He made the first notes on his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences. He died in 1982, nine months after A Fortunate Life had been published to wide acclaim.

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