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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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4.7 out of 5 stars Based on 37 Customer Ratings

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My favourite book. Got it as a birthday present for a friend. Highly recommended

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"Inspiring and thought provoking"
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I really enjoyed this book. It really got me thinking about life and the values people put on certain aspects of life. Good motivation to set goals and stick to them.

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"Will smiths favourite book"
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A captivating read that holds a few simple truths about how to live life.

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My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. “The Alchemist” is such a book. With over 30 million copies sold around the world, “The Alchemist” has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

The Alchemist” is 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. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.


“A wise and inspiring fable about the pilgrimage that life should be.” M. Scott Peck,

“A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.” Publishers Weekly,

“A remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfill one’s destiny.” Anthony Robbins

“A magical little volume.” San Francisco Chronicle.

“A poetic book with very big ideas about life, faith and destiny from Brazil's best-known novelist. Through the simple tale of the adventures of an Andalusian shepherd boy who sets out to make a fortune but instead finds treasure within himself, Coelho weaves a magical fable with an important and inspiring message: ‘To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation.’ Beautifully written, here is a story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.” (Kirkus UK)

Author Biography

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. Renowned for his best-loved work ‘The Alchemist’, he has sold over 65 million books worldwide and has been translated into 60 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, he is a storyteller with the power to inspire nations and change people's lives.

Release date NZ
September 1st, 2006
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United States
International ed.
All-time sales rank
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