Born in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author known for his most successful book The Alchemist, which has sold more than 83 million copies. Previously, he has worked as an actor, theatre director, and journalist before deciding to fulfil his dream and pursue writing full-time. He had also gone on to become a songwriter and lyricist for some of Brazil’s singers before leaving the lucrative career for writing.
He published his first book in 1982 and a few more until the release of The Alchemist in 1988 which went on to become one of the bestselling Brazilian books. It was translated into over 80 languages, and received film and theatrical adaptations. With three autobiographies, he has written over 30 books and sold millions of copies worldwide. His fictions have commonly included and are inspired by his life experiences, such as his book The Pilgrimage where he documented his pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella. Browse the collection of books by Paulo Coelho in Singapore’s duty-free shopping.