The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Hardback Collins Readers

By (author) Paulo Coelho

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  • Publisher: Collins Educational
  • Format: Hardback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 192mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 20 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007233671
  • ISBN 13: 9780007233670
  • Edition: School edition
  • Edition statement: School edition
  • Sales rank: 47,446

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"The Alchemist" is a global phenomenon, selling over 30 million copies worldwide. This new classroom edition makes the magical fable available to students in educational hardback format for the first time. 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.

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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.

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'An exceptional writer.' USA TODAY 'His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.' THE TIMES 'One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts! he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.' DAILY EXPRESS 'A sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'This simple, yet eloquent parable celebrates the richness of the human spirit. A young Spanish shepherd seeking his destiny travels to Egypt where he learns many lessons, particularly from a wise old alchemist. The real alchemy here, however, is the transmuting of youthful idealism into mature wisdom. The blending of conventional ideas with an exotic setting makes old truths seem new again. This shepherd takes the advice Hamlet did not heed, learning to trust his heart and commune with it as a treasured friend. Enjoyable and easy to read, this timeless fantasy validates the aspirations and dreams of youth.' SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL 'All the advice you could ever want.' TIME OUT