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Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

Veronika Decides to Die

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This is a dramatic story of love, life and death and shows us that life is only as good as you make it. As with all Coelho’s novels it is written with sparing prose that is as ever cleverly crafted.

If you like Paulo Coelho you might also like to read books by Louise Erdrich, Mitch Albom and James Redfield.


Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

Veronika has everything she could wish for – young and pretty, with plenty of attractive boyfriends, a steady job, loving family. Yet Veronika is not happy and one winter's morning takes an overdose of sleeping pills, only to wake up some time later in the local hospital. There she is told that although she is alive, her heart is now irreparably damaged and she has only a few days to live…

This story follows her through these intense days as she starts question all her ideas about life. Soon she comes to realise that every second of existence is a choice we all make between living and dying. This is a moving and uplifting song to life, one that reminds us that every moment in our lives is special and precious


'Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic…He gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.'

'His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.'

About the Author

Paulo Coelho

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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Publication date

13th February 2014


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Harpercollins Publishers


224 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation



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