Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. He has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated into 67 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. He writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world. Paulo's blog is at www.paulocoelhoblog.com.
`...this scintillating parable about shallowness, greed and celebrity worship from international bestseller Coelho (The Alchemist) unsparingly examines the Superclass, the elite's elite...Coelho's trademark mysticism and spiritual messages provide an extra boost to the thriller plot.' Publisher's Weekly Praise for Paulo Coelho: `An exceptional writer.' USA Today `His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.' 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 `The Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep.` Madonna `It's like music, really, the way he writes, it's so beautiful. It's a gift that I envy above all others.' Julia Roberts