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A Fortunate Life Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980
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'Born in 1894, Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full – the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.' (Penguin Australia abstract)

Adaptations

form y A Fortunate Life Ken Kelso , Australia : PBL Productions , 1986 Z1825058 1985 series - publisher film/TV

Mini-series based on the best-selling autobiography by A.B. Facey, tracing his life from the late nineteenth century through Gallipoli and into marriage, fatherhood, and later life.

The mini-series was successful on Australian television, but Moran is unflattering in his appraisal: 'The mini-series was in effect a lovingly authentic visual and aural recreation of the novel. The trouble was that what was a pleasure to read on the printed page was pretty much insufferably boring to watch on screen. The narrative was far too anecdotal and the performances of brothers Dominic and Benedict Sweeney as Facey were dull.'

y A. B. Facey's A Fortunate Life Clem Gorman , Paddington : Harvest Theatre Company Currency Press , 1987 Z858978 1987 single work drama biography

Reading Australia

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Unit Suitable For:

AC: Year 8 (NSW Stage 4)

Notes

  • Dedication: I dedicate this book to the memory of my wife, Evelyn. It was her patience and understanding which made it become a reality.
  • Dramatised in 1984 by Clem Gorman for a production by the Melbourne Theatre Company.
  • Adapted for the 1985 film A Fortunate Life directed by Henri Safran. Screenplay by Ken Kelso.
  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's tenth favourite book.
  • Ranked #3 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • Manuscript copies of A Fortunate Life are held at the University of Western Australia Library. Other papers relating to Facey are located at the J. S. Battye Library, State Library of Western Australia, including the publishing agreement with Fremantle Arts Centre Press and a copy of Facey's last will and testament.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1980 .
      Extent: 1 boxp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Donated by John Rose, 1985

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Western Australia Library
      Local Id: MS0046
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
      659093623199511715.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 212p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 21 August 2013
      ISBN: 9780670076895
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1981 .
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      This image has been sourced from UWA Library
      Extent: 326p.
      Description: illus., maps, port.
      Note/s:
      • This version illustrated by Robert Juniper.
      ISBN: 0909144370 (hbk.), 0909144508 (pbk.)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1981 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 326p.
      Description: illus., maps, port.
      ISBN: 0140081674
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1985 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 168p.
      Description: illus., facsims., ports.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 July 1985
      ISBN: 9780140320091
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2002 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 330p.
      Edition info: Jacketed ed.
      Description: illus., maps, port.
      ISBN: 0734305109
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2005 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: x, 422p.p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Description: illus., map, ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes afterword by Jan Carter (pp. 413-421).
      ISBN: 9780143003540
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 511p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 19/11/2014
      ISBN: 9780143571537
      Series: y Penguin Australian Classics Melbourne : Penguin , 2013- 8224044 2013 series - publisher

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The Naked Anzac : Exposure and Concealment in A.B. Facey's A Fortunate Life Ffion Murphy , Richard Nile , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 219-237)
Murphy and Nile discuss Albert Facey's autobiography A Fortunate Life and his experiences of war.
Wounded Storyteller : Revisiting Albert Facey's Rortunate Life Ffion Murphy , Richard Nile , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2015; (p. 87-100)
Books That Changed Me : Saeed Fassaie Saeed Fassaie , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 September 2015; (p. 12) The Sunday Age , 20 September 2015; (p. 12)
Book Review – A Fortunate Life by A B Facey Joanne Peulen , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2014;

— Review of A Fortunate Life A. B. Facey 1980 single work autobiography
Books That Changed Me : Kathryn Ledson Kathryn Ledson , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 6 April 2014; (p. 13)
On My Bedside Table Paul Rogers , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19 January 2008; (p. 26)

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On My Bedside Table Graham Edwards , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 March 2008; (p. 28)

— Review of A Fortunate Life A. B. Facey 1980 single work autobiography ; Outlaws of the Leopolds Ion L. Idriess 1952 single work non-fiction
Local Classics Belle Taylor , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 12 September 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; Sixty Lights Gail Jones 2004 single work novel ; Gilgamesh : A Novel Joan London 2001 single work novel ; The Shark Net : Memories and Murder Robert Drewe 2000 single work autobiography ; A Fortunate Life A. B. Facey 1980 single work autobiography ; The Well Elizabeth Jolley 1986 single work novel ; The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea Randolph Stow 1965 single work novel
A Good, Hard Life Put to Paper Elizabeth Riddell , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 1 September vol. 101 no. 5278 1981; (p. 94,97)

— Review of A Fortunate Life A. B. Facey 1980 single work autobiography
Cobbett and Facey Peter Shrubb , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 25 no. 11 1981; (p. 39-42)

— Review of A Fortunate Life A. B. Facey 1980 single work autobiography
Categorical Infringement : Australian Prose in the Eighties Carolyn Bliss , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Narrative Technique , Winter vol. 21 no. 1 1991; (p. 43-51)
Turning Full Circle Lindy Brophy , 1991 single work column
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August vol. 6 no. 8 1991; (p. 12-13)
Bookmaker's Diary Clive Newman , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , October vol. 84 no. 4 2004; (p. 20)
The 'Fortunate' and the 'Imagined' : Landscape, Myth and Created Self in A. B. Facey and David Malouf Heather Wearne , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Making of a Pluralist Australia 1950-1990: Selected Papers from the Inaugural EASA Conference 1991 1992; (p. 149-160)
A Fortunate Life : A B Facey (1894-1982) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 124-128)
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