The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Information: 177 pages, paperback

They say: Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers for ever. Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist is such a book. With over 30 million copies sold worldwide and translated into 63 languages, The Alchemist has already achieved the status of a modern classic. This updated edition includes exclusive new material.

This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of priceless treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the exotic markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the Alchemist awaits him.

The Alchemist is an unforgettable novel about the essential wisdom of listening to our heart and, above all, following our dreams. 

"The Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep." - Madonna

"His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people." - The Times

We say: This is one of those books that if it 'grabs you' you will finish reading in a few nights. It carries a message of hope - to persevere, even when things seem hopeless. It is inspirational, in a similar way to books like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.

About Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and prolific authors in the world today. His books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 67 languages, and have been published in 160 countries. He was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2007. Paulo is a storyteller with the power to inspire nations and change people’s lives.

Paulo Coelho

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    Posted by Claire Hague on 13th May 2020

    I enjoy Alchemy anyway so really enjoyed this book, not finished reading it yet but anyone interested in Alchemy i recommend.