How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves – even if we are unsure of who we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well – or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy and sacrifice.

THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO

How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves – even if we are unsure of who we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well – or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy and sacrifice.

Editions

Rights sold in 44 languages:

Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Complex), Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Reviews

“Spanning 24 hours during the Cannes Film Festival, this scintillating parable about shallowness, greed and celebrity worship from international bestseller Coelho (The Alchemist) unsparingly examines the Superclass, the elite's elite, whose members' dependence on luxury corrupts. Coelho's trademark mysticism and spiritual messages provide an extra boost to the thriller plot.”
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, FEBRUARY 2009

 

“Coelho uses his narrators well, and the structure of the book is captivating. --- The Witch of Portobello is a charming novel. --- In Coelho’s books, there’s something that can help to change the course of your life. At least for a little while, for slightly better.”
“In his fascinating manner Coelho tells how beautiful and simple life is. Above all, Coelho’s novels give comfort.”
- TRENDI 12/2007

 

“Coelho uses his narrators well, and the structure of the book is captivating. --- The Witch of Portobello is a charming novel. --- In Coelho’s books, there’s something that can help to change the course of your life. At least for a little while, for slightly better.”
- SATAKUNNAN KANSA 2.11.2007

 

“When the last page of the novel is finished, the reader understands that this is the way everything was meant to happen, and this is the destiny Athena was meant to have.”
- ULTRA 11/2007

 

“The longer you read The Witch of Portobello, the stronger you feel that Christians should read it with care, and other Coelho’s books as well.”
- KIRKKO & KAUPUNKI 42/2007

 

“Like his other novels, Paulo Coelho’s latest, The Witch of Portobello, is an incredibly beautiful read… Vast skill”
- ASSOCIATES PRESS, UNITED STATES, 7 MAY 2007

 

”The novel is geniously written " ... "Paulo Coelho finds a unexpected end of the story”

- BIBLIOTEKSTJÄNST, SWEDEN , JUNE 2007

 

“A spectacular end . Coelho veers between his signature criticism of modern life and the hydra-headed alternative that Athena taps into” ... “Multimillion-seller Coelho…returns with another uncanny fusion of philosophy, religious miracle, and moral parable… spectacular.”
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, UNITED STATES, 19 FEBRUARY 2007

 

“Paulo Coelho returns with this masterly novel ”
- SEATTLE TIMES, UNITED STATES, 20 MAY 2007

 

“Far from being classic, Coelho's Witch of Portobello boasts a stunningly novel account of events”
- AL HAYAT , LEBANON, 15 MARCH 2007

 

The Witch of Portobello is a provocative novel that takes the author’s work even further.
Paulo Coelho is the master of a confident art of narrative.”
- LUX JORNAL, BRAZIL, 26 SEPTEMBER 2006

 

“Coelho is the master of the quest narrative…”
- MARIE CLAIRE, UNITED STATES, JUNE 2007

 

“Spellbinding masterpiece… The magical, lyrical and fascinating
Athena will immediately become literature’s first lady!”
“We fell in love with The Devil and Miss Prym… This new novel even surpasses that beautiful read”
The Witch of Portobello will break all records ”
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, UNITED STATES, 30 APRIL 2007

 

The Witch of Portobello, a sober and dynamic proposal, and prodigal with knowledge.”
- LA HORA , ECUADOR, 15 OCTOBER 2006

 

The Witch of Portobello is a collection of statements given by people connected to Athena, creating an entire personality, drawn through hidden strips leading to weird emotions, astonishing events, and a great novel”
- AL KHALEEJ NEWSPAPER, LEBANON

 

The Witch of Portobello, a story with a powerful message in favour of tolerance!”
- LA VERDAD , VENEZUELA, 1 OCTOBER 2006

 

“Geographies and voices, a multitude of points of view that offer a novelistic and attractive character that will fascinate us.”
- EL MUNDO, SPAIN, 23 NOVEMBER 2006

 

“His special talent seems to be his ability to speak to everyone at once… He is a lenient teacher… and an emphatic one.”
“Astonishing appeal of Paulo Coelho”
- THE NEW YORKER , UNITED STATES, 7 MAY 2007

 

The Witch of Portobello is a brilliant and strange book.”
- EL CORREO GALLEGO, SPAIN, 6 NOVEMBER 2006

 

“Coelho is an essential cultural reference in our times. He is a bedside author, for his simple language and the everyday life touch of his personal experiences. Moreover, he transmits very valid arguments to understand ourselves as human beings.”
- LA VERDAD , VENEZUELA, 26 SEPTEMBER 2006

 

The Witch of Portobello is a novel about the feminine world and the importance of loving, a current portrait in which passion, travelling, women, fears and symbols make up a plot that readers will not easily forget.”
- PUBLIMETRO, CHILE, 7 OCTOBER 2006

 

“Charged with deep topics and social questions.”
- EL MERCURIO DE VALPARAÍSO, CHILE, 1 OCTOBER 2006

 

“We must remember that Coelho has always pointed to the meaning of life and the right to be different, which in this case happens through a series of epithets attributed to the main character: virgin, saint, martyr, crazy.”
- EL MERCURIO DE SANTIAGO, CHILE, 24 SEPTEMBER 2006

 

“Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour The Alchemist ’s author’s fiery diatribes about love, fear and the search for all things meaningful.”
- THE WASHINGTON POST, UNITED STATES, 13 MAY 2007

 

"Once more, millions of readers identify themselves with this man who can talk to the heart."
- LA GAZETTA DEL MEZZOGIORNO, ITALY

 

“Coelho is an exciting writer.”
“Intriguing parable.”
- MARIE CLAIRE, AUSTRALIA, JUNE 2007

 

“The spellbinding new novel of spirituality, relationships, destiny and freedom.”
- GOODREADING, AUSTRALIA, MAY 2007

 

“Loved by millions.”
- FAMOUS, AUSTRALIA, 21 MAY 2007

 

“Intelligently written by a great storyteller.”
- GOLD COAST MAIL, AUSTRALIA, 18 MAY 2007

 

“Geographies and voices, numerous points of view offering a novelistic and attractive character that will fascinate Coelho’s admirers.”
- EL MUNDO, SPAIN, 23 NOVEMBER 2006

 

"Paulo Coelho is an absolute bestseller (...) Coelho treats his writing as if the world was still young."
- DIARI DE GIRONA, SPAIN, 29 DECEMBER 2006

 

"85 million books sold prove Coelho as one of the most influential authors of today’s literature.”
- ADN, SPAIN, 27 OCTOBER 2006

 

“Coelho rubs in the importance of tolerance and empathy.”
- HAPPINEZ, THE NETHERLANDS, 2007

 

“A wonderful story about religious tolerance. Coelho writes in a plain and compelling way.”
- LIBELLE, THE NETHERLANDS, 2007

 

"The Witch of Portobello is a criticism of the lifestyle of people who do not have time for self-realization. Live with a present moment like Gypsy - it is Brazilian author's recipe for people of XXI century."
- WPROST, POLAND, 20 MAY 2007

 

"The unravelling of a mystery is surprising - as usual with this writer."
- GAZETA KRAKOWSKA, POLAND, 26 MAY 2007

 

"About love, finding the own way, weaknesses and intolerance. Report from life of The Witch of Portobello is read like a criminal! A spectacular end."
- RZECZPOSPOLITA, POLAND, 29 MAY 2007

 

“Witchcrafts and mysteries, this is Coelho’s universe.”
- TO VIMA, GREECE, 3 JUNE 2007

 

“Why read The Witch of Portobello? Because everyone should live his own life, being ready to pay the price. Don’t live the life they want you to live.”
- ETHNOS, GREECE, 13 MAY 2007

 

“Latin America’s biggest good-vibe narrative blockbuster.”
- DIARIO PERFIL, ARGENTINA, 2007

 

“Paulo Coelho is one of the most influential writers of our time.”
- DIARIO CRÓNICA, ARGENTINA, 2007

 

“Paulo Coelho leaves us yearning for more.”
- DIARIO CLARIN, ARGENTINA, 2007

 

“A captivating novel.”
- L’UNION, FRANCE, 14 JUNE

 

“Once more, the author presents a store full of emotions, with endearing and close characters that won’t leave you indifferent.”
- FERNANDA, UNA MUJER COMO TU, MEXICO, NOVEMBER 2006

 

The Witch of Portobello presents that strange thing we call soul.”
- MAX, MEXICO, DECEMBER 2006

 

“Every new novel by the Brazilian author catches the attention of both regular and irregular readers, and occupies the first places at the bestseller lists.”
- SPUTNIK, MEXICO, JANUARY 2007

 

“A typically simple story by the renowned Brazilian author, which easily deals with deep issues.”
- MUJER EJECUTIVA, MEXICO, FEBRUARY 2007

 

“In his most recent novel, The Witch of Portobello, Paulo Coelho continues his successful and very personal style and weaves a simple but intriguing plot.”
- AGENCIA EFE, MEXICO, 2007

 

“This is more than just a book. It is a story that could be yours.”
- WWW.CANALRCN.COM, MEXICO, 2007

 

“The novel is a message of collective responsibility towards nature that recognizes the feminine essence of creation. It also emphasizes again and again the force of destiny, as if calling for a collective responsibility instead of humankind’s selfish individualism.”
- UNIVISION, MEXICO, 2007

 

“The author’s faithful readers won’t be disappointed. Those who don’t like him or like him less run the risk of changing their minds.”
- FRANCE ANTILLES, FRANCE, 4 JULY

 

“Coelho’s prose is infinitely readable.”
- THE AGE, AUSTRALIA

 

“This gripping new novel is filled with themes Paulo fans know and love: spirituality, relationships, destiny, freedom. This is a book you won’t be able to put down.” - “[The Witch of Portobello] … offers inspirational messages and spiritual musing wrapped up in the package of a novel.”
- TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN, AUSTRALIA

 

The Witch of Portobello is a hypnotic tale, full of deep wisdom. Fans of Paulo Coelho’s previous books will love this, while the rest of us will wonder what else we’ve been missing out on all the years.”
- TRAVELBEAT, AUSTRALIA

 

“This is a wonderful book that will open your eyes to how one person can affect the lives of so many – in so many different ways.”
- BURNIE ADVOCATE, AUSTRALIA

Extracts

“You came here because you saw a female face in the flames. That face is the face you see now in the mirror, so try to honor it. Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed.

Live now what others will only live in the future.


“What do you want? You can’t want to be happy, because that’s too easy and too boring. You can’t want only to love, because that’s impossible. What do you want? You want to justify your life, to live it as intensely as possible. That is at once a trap and a source of ecstasy. Try to be alert to that danger and experience the joy and the adventure of being that woman who is beyond the image reflected in the mirror.”

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