We all know Paulo Coelho as the author of The Alchemist which has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, but behind the pen and paper is a thrilling story of a man who always wanted to be a writer but ended up down a hundred other paths before he found himself. As a teenager, Coelho knew he wanted to be a writer but his mother told him that his father was an engineer, logical, reasonable and that he should be more like that. At age 16 Coelho’s opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution – from which he escaped 3 times - before being released at the age of 20.
Paulo Coelho: A Warrior’s Life explores his Brazilian roots, his life as a singer and song-writer, his rock-and-roll days and how he came to write and publish The Alchemist. This is a life story that needed to be told and needs to be read.