The Acolyte (novel)

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The Acolyte
The Acolyte book cover.jpg
First edition
Author Thea Astley
Country Australia
Language English
Publisher Angus and Robertson
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 first published in 1972.

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