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Fortunate Life/Facey, A. B./Paper/0143003542/S011-B
This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II and that of his beloved wife after 60 devoted years - yet felt that his life was fortunate.
Facey's life story, published when he was 87, has inspired many as a play, a television series, and an award-winning book.