The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Non-Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality
Paperback Published on: 13/11/1995
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The Alchemist
Worth reading
A young shepherd finds himself embarking on an adventure to fulfil his dreams. A tale with deep meaning. Interesting and I can see why it is inspirational... READ MORE
Hannah Mulligan Ward at Woking
The Alchemist
Well worth reading, even for sceptics!
The Alchemist is a magical tale of a young shepherd boy who gives up everything he has in order to follow his dream. It asks the reader to accept and embr... READ MORE
Lucy at Oxford
The Alchemist
Accessible Spirituality
I have really complex feelings about this book that perhaps can’t be voiced accurately in a short review. But, what I will say is that I expected The Alche... READ MORE
Hannah @fictionalhannah


A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. 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.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780722532935
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm

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The Alchemist
The Alchemist
I did like the message the book had to offer and i believe it is something you can only understand once you have read this book. the message was clear and ... READ MORE
adam thompson
The Alchemist
Beautiful, life improving book!
I loved this!!. The analogical storyline is both profound and captivating. The beautiful story flows effortlessly and I could not put it down, reading it ... READ MORE
Meeshy B
The Alchemist
Definitely worth a read!
Brilliant and inspiring! Unlike any other book I've ever read. I am not a particularly religious person but it made think about spirituality in a whole new... READ MORE
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
Today, people hardly have any value for their dreams and choose to lead a monotonous life in which they do more of what they are told than what they wish f... READ MORE
Ronak Ganatra
The Alchemist
Best Book I've Read!!!!!!!
Buy it, this is an amazing book. So good i read it all within two days, just couldn't put it down.
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
This book is very inspiring and should be read by everyone. This book is all about the dreams and the journy of life...
Santanu Sarma
The Alchemist
the best book
The Alchemist is the best book I've ever read! It is short and captivant... it has something that made me to think, to open my eyes about everything like a... READ MORE
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
pat court
The Alchemist
Quite possibly my favorite book ever?
The Alchemist
Best book I've read
This book illustrates the process of following your dreams. The main message is that we need to listen to the signs (omens) that life gives you along the w... READ MORE
boris djouari
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
John Francis DaviesI recommend this book to anyone, but especially teenagers. It is packed with simplistic moralistic views and there are dozens of pearls ... READ MORE
John Davies
The Alchemist
The Alchemist is about magic, our hearts deepest desires and the treasures we seek throughout our dreams. It`s a beautiful story and it`s shows how sometim... READ MORE
The Alchemist
Simply amazing..
Coelho's style is captivating from the very first line to the last. This novel is full of dormant ideas which were reborn as soon as I finished the book. W... READ MORE
The Alchemist
This book was really a bad choice, I fell asleep while reading it.
jack j
The Alchemist
Love it! Everybody must read that book!
The Alchemist
One day I was surfing youtube; interviews with Will Smith. He proclaimed this was the best book of all time and his all time favourite. I was intrigued as ... READ MORE
The Alchemist
The Alchemist
'The Alchemist' is an inpiration to anyone. It succeeds in capturing the heart and mind of mankind. It explores the path of walking your destiny and the si... READ MORE
Atiyyah Saida
The Alchemist
Great short read!
Decided to finally read this book after hearing so many great reviews and it didn’t disappoint. I love travelling and enjoyed reading about Santiago and h... READ MORE
Nadeem Raja
The Alchemist
Like most people who have recently read this, my inital desire to read this book came from Will Smith's interview where he speaks fondly of this book.. nee... READ MORE
The Alchemist
Lovely book
I chose to read this as the title appealed to me. I hadn't read any reviews about it and did not realise its volume of sales. I just enjoyed it as a hopefu... READ MORE
The Alchemist
eye opening
After reading it, the Alchemist is now one of my favourite books. If you’re into something quite philosophical and spiritual then this is definitely the o... READ MORE
Kelsey Jack
The Alchemist
Very much imaginative and beautifully written. Would recommend to people who bielieve god and religions. Nice book.
Angela W
The Alchemist
FATIMA hopes that Santiago will eventually return from his travels. She lives in hope: just like her mother did before her. Santiago hopes to unlock the se... READ MORE
Pamela Warrington
The Alchemist
Great for those of us who aren’t big fiction readers
I found this book to be a really incredible-yet-easy read. I’m not a regular reader of fiction but Paul Coelho does a brilliant job of drawing people in wi... READ MORE
The Alchemist
Know where you're going, you may already be there...
Wow, I really should have written this review years ago. I've lost count of the number of copies of 'The Alchemist' I have purchased since its original rel... READ MORE
The Alchemist
My all time favourite book! Such a transformative read!
Rosie Marsden