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Paulo Coelho - Author

About the Author

Paulo Coelho’s life remains the primary source of inspiration for his books. He has flirted with death, escaped madness, dallied with drugs, withstood torture, experimented with magic and alchemy, studied philosophy and religion, read voraciously, lost and recovered his faith and experienced the pain and pleasure of love. In searching for his own place in the world, he has discovered answers for the challenges that everyone faces. He believes that, within ourselves, we have the necessary strength to find our own destiny.

His novel The Alchemist has sold more than 65 million copies and has been cited as an inspiration by people as diverse as Malala Yousafzai and Pharrell Williams. Paulo Coelho’s books have sold more than 175 million copies worldwide. He is the writer with the most followers on social media and is the most translated living author in the world. He has won 115 international prizes and awards, has been a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002 and in 2007 was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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Featured books by Paulo Coelho

Adultery

Adultery

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

This is the thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives. Linda knows she's lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. Even she can't predict what will happen next...

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Adultery

Adultery

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives. This is Linda's story. She's lucky. She knows that. It's what makes being unhappy even worse. Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching...Provocative and profound, Adultery is about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free.

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Manuscript Found in Accra

Manuscript Found in Accra

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

The incredible new novel from internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist. After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a manuscript holding the answers to a city's final questions is unearthed from a cave in Cairo. Centuries before, on the eve of the invasion of Accra, the citizens gathered. A man stood before them and invited the people share their fears that he might offer hope and comfort. His extraordinary insights on courage, solitude, loyalty and loss were transcribed and passed on. A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.

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Aleph

Aleph

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. On this journey through Europe, Africa, and Asia, he will again meet Hilal--the woman he loved 500 years before--an encounter that will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, through past and present, in search of himself. Aleph is an encounter with our fears and our sins; a search for love and forgiveness, and the courage to confront the inevitable challenges of life.

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Other books by Paulo Coelho

Brida

Brida

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2008

Una novela sobre la sorprendente historia de Brida O'Fern, una de las mas jovenes maestras en la Tradicion de las Hechiceras, donde la magia habla todas las lenguas del corazon del hombre Esta es la historia de Brida, una nina irlandesa, y su sed de conocimiento. Siempre se ha interesado en diversos aspectos de la magia, pero ahora esta en busca de algo mas. Su busqueda la lleva a conocer gente de gran sabiduria, que comienza a ensenarle acerca del mundo espiritual. Conoce a un hombre sabio que le ensena a superar sus miedos y a una mujer que le ensena como danzar al ritmo del mundo y rezarle a la luna. A medida que Brida busca su destino, lucha por encontrar el equilibrio entre sus relaciones y su deseo de convertirse en bruja. Esta fascinante novela incorpora temas que los fanaticos de Paulo Coelho reconoceran y atesoraranes una historia de amor, pasion, misterio y espiritualidad, del maestro de la ficcion.

The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2008

From one of the world's best loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho, comes a riveting novel tracing the mysterious life and disappearance of Athena dubbed `the Witch of Portobello', which was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller in hardback. This is the story of Athena, or Sherine, to give her the name she was baptised with. Her life is pieced together through a series of recorded interviews with those people who knew her well or hardly at all - parents, colleagues, teachers, friends, acquaintances, her ex-husband. The novel unravels Athena's mysterious beginnings, via an orphanage in Romania, to a childhood in Beirut. When war breaks out, her adoptive family move with her to London, where a dramatic turn of events occurs... Athena, who has been dubbed 'the Witch of Portobello' for her seeming powers of prophecy, disappears dramatically, leaving those who knew her to solve the mystery of her life and abrupt departure. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy and sacrifice.

Witch of Portobello

Witch of Portobello

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2007

How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselveseven if we are unsure of who we are?That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelhos profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her wellor hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.

Life Selected Quotations

Life Selected Quotations

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2007

A treasury of selected quotations from one of the world's best-loved and best-selling writers and the author of The Alchemist. * Paulo Coelho is seen by millions as an alchemist of words. The ideas and philosophies in his internationally renowned books touch the aspirations of readers searching for their own path and for new ways of understanding the world. * This uplifting compilation of Paulo Coelho's most perceptive and enlightening quotations offers extracts from his bestselling titles, including The Alchemist, The Pilgrimage and Eleven Minutes, as well as insights from interviews and previously unpublished sayings. * Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout, with Life you can start each day with inspirational guidance from one of the most loved and influential authors of our time.

Like the Flowing River Thoughts and Reflections

Like the Flowing River Thoughts and Reflections

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

A breathtaking collection of reflections from one of the world's best loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho. In this riveting collection of thoughts and stories, Paulo Coelho, the author of `The Alchemist', offers his personal reflections on a wide range of subjects from archery and music to elegance, traveling and the nature of good and evil. An old woman explains to her grandson how a mere pencil can show him the path to happiness...instructions on how to climb a mountain reveal the secret to making your dreams a reality...the story of Ghengis Khan and the Falcon that teaches about the folly of anger - and the art of friendship...a pianist who performs an example in fulfilling your destiny...the author learns three important lessons when he goes to the rescue of a man in the street - Paulo shows us how life has lessons for us in the greatest, smallest and most unusual of experiences. `Like the Flowing River' includes jewel-like fables, packed with meaning and retold in Coelho's inimitable style. Sharing his thoughts on spirituality, life and ethics, Paulo touches you with his philosophy and invites you to go on an exciting journey of your own.

Like the Flowing River Thoughts and Reflections

Like the Flowing River Thoughts and Reflections

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

A breathtaking collection of reflections from one of the world's best loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho. In this riveting collection of thoughts and stories, Paulo Coelho, the author of `The Alchemist', offers his personal reflections on a wide range of subjects from archery and music to elegance, traveling and the nature of good and evil. An old woman explains to her grandson how a mere pencil can show him the path to happiness.... instructions on how to climb a mountain reveal the secret to making your dreams a reality...the story of Ghengis Khan and the Falcon that teaches about the folly of anger - and the art of friendship...a pianist who performs an example in fulfilling your destiny...the author learns three important lessons when he goes to the rescue of a man in the street - Paulo shows us how life has lessons for us in the greatest, smallest and most unusual of experiences. `Like the Flowing River' includes jewel-like fables, packed with meaning and retold in Coelho's inimitable style. Sharing his thoughts on spirituality, life and ethics, Paulo touches you with his philosophy and invites you to go on an exciting journey of your own.

Devil and Miss Prym

Devil and Miss Prym

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2006

A new novel of temptation by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and The Zahir.A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by his painful past. A woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil?In the remote village of Viscos, a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to the question: Are human beings good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives. Paulo Coelho's stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil and brings to our everyday dilemmas fresh incentive: to master the fear that prevents us from following our dreams, from being different, and from truly living.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2006

The Alchemist is a global phenomenon, selling over 30 million copies worldwide. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content, such as a new forward to the book by the author, an interview with Paulo Coelho, and much more, providing an in-depth look at this much-loved title. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book - a magical fable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above, all follow your dreams. This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure as fabulous as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him. With Paulo Coelho's visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people's lives.

Alchemist

Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2005

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.Paulo Coelhos masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along lifes path, and, above all, following our dreams.

The Valkyries

The Valkyries

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2005

This is a modern-day adventure story featuring Paulo's supernatural encounter with angels - who appear as warrior women and travel through the Mojave desert on their motorbikes. Haunted by a devastating curse, Paulo is instructed by his mysterious spiritual master to embark upon a journey - to find and speak to his guardian angel in an attempt to confront and overcome his dark past. The Valkyries is a compelling account of this forty day quest into the searing heat of the Mojave Desert, where Paulo and his wife, Chris, encounter the Valkyries - warrior women who travel the desert on motorcycles, spreading the word of angels. This exotic spiritual odyssey is a rare combination of truth, myth, imagination and inspiration. Ultimately it is a story about being able to forgive our past and believe in our future.

Eleven Minutes

Eleven Minutes

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2004

The new bestselling novel, now in paperback, from international literary phenomenon Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist. A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, sexual pleasure for its own sake, or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. Paulo Coelho sensitively explores the nature of sex and love in his gripping and daring new novel.

Manual of The Warrior of Light

Manual of The Warrior of Light

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2003

A collection of inspirational thoughts and stories from bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. A collection of insightful philosophical thoughts and stories, in which Paulo Coehlo offers inspiring answers to profound questions to delight spiritual seekers everywhere. It has proved to be a perfect gift-book in the few countries in which it has been published so far. This will be the first English translation. This book is a jewel for all of us who look for meaning in our daily lives as we struggle along the spiritual path. Within each of us is a Warrior of Light. Each of us capable of listening to the silence of the heart, of accepting failure without letting it get us down and of holding onto hope even in the face of weariness and depression. Values like love for all things, discipline, friendship and learning to listen to our own hearts are the arms with which this warrior confronts the battles we face in the name of personal growth and in the defence of the light. On every page there is an inspirational thought, which can be read as part of Paulo Coelho's whole philosophy or used form the basis of a daily meditation. The Manual of the Warrior of Light is a handbook that shows human beings how to live as spiritual beings in the material world.

The Fifth Mountain

The Fifth Mountain

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2000

Published in over 100 countries, translated into 42 different languages, with over 21 million copies of his books sold internationally, Paulo Coelho can truly claim to be one of the most popular writers in the world. The Independent on Sunday has called him a `publishing phenomenon'. Paulo's writing is a visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore. His stories are simple and direct, yet they have the power to change lives and inspire you with the courage to follow your dreams...... His fifth novel, The Fifth Mountain, is set in the 9th century BC. Elijah is a young man struggling to maintain his sanity amidst a chaotic world of tyranny and war. Forced to flee his home, then choose between his newfound love and security and his overwhelming sense of duty, this is a moving and inspiring story about how we can transcend even the most terrible ordeals by keeping faith and love alive.