The Acolyte (novel)

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The Acolyte
The Acolyte book cover.jpg
Author Thea Astley
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Angus and Robertson, Australia
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by A Boat Load of Home Folk
Followed by A Kindness Cup

The Acolyte is a Miles Franklin Award winning novel by Australian author Thea Astley.

It is told in the first person by “the acolyte,” Paul Vesper. The novel traces the career of a fictional Australian musician and composer named Jack Holberg. Beginning in obscurity as a piano player in Grogbusters, a dreary little Queensland town, the blind Holberg eventually gains international recognition as a composer. Vesper, who had met Holberg during his less renowned period, gives up an engineering career to serve the great man—in a sense, to become his eyes.


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Unknown Industrial Prisoner
Miles Franklin Award recipient
Succeeded by
No award