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The Alchemist A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist A Fable About Following Your Dream

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If you have only recently discovered Coelho, or if you have yet to discover this utterly brilliant and breathtaking author, then jump into one of his novels right now.The Alchemist was his first and it went on to become a global phenomenon. In this new edition, published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the book, you can enjoy a story of rare quality that will captivate you.

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If you like Paulo Coelho you might also like to read books by Diana Cooper, Laura Esquivel and Mitch Albom.


The Alchemist A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book - a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams. Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing. 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.


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

'One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.'

'Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts... he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.'

'I love The Alchemist.'

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

'I feel like the luckiest man on the planet. It's a dream come true for me, to be able to direct and star and bring Coelho's book to the screen.' LAURENCE FISHBURNE on the upcoming film adaptation of The Alchemist

'One of my favourite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, and I just believe that...I can create whatever I want to create. If I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns...I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be.' WILL SMITH

'When I'm on the set with young actors and sometimes you meet people in life who you feel they are a little confused and they want to be re-centered, there are two books that I always recommend. One of them is Siddhartha, and the other is The Alchemist.' RUSSELL CROWE'

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.

Author photo © Xavier Gonzalez

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Publication date

28th March 2013


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


224 pages


Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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