Three Cheers for the Paraclete

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Three Cheers for the Paraclete
First edition
AuthorThomas Keneally
PublisherAngus and Robertson, Australia
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages240 pp
LC ClassPZ4.K336 Th PR9619.3.K46
Preceded byBring Larks and Heroes 
Followed byThe Survivor 

Three Cheers for the Paraclete (1968) is a novel by the Australian author Thomas Keneally. It won the Miles Franklin Award in 1968.

Story outline[edit]

After studying overseas for some years a young priest, James Maitland, returns to Australia to teach at a seminary.

Critical reception[edit]

In The Canberra Times, John N. Molony is impressed with the book but finds a number of problems with it: "The heart of the novel is about belief, but for this reviewer the transplant didn't work. It is hard to say about a Keneally that his theme was too big for him and that he couldn't incarnate his problem in living characters. Yet in this instance they do not measure up."[1]

Kirkus Reviews found something more in the book: 'Keneally's rather existential points are made with delicacy, at times with a warm, broad humor, and Father James is a vigorous, attractive priest. A thoughtful and sentient book."[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bring Larks and Heroes
Miles Franklin Award recipient
Succeeded by
Clean Straw for Nothing