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From one of the world's best loved storytellers, Paulo Coelho, comes a riveting vel tracing the mysterious life and disappearance of Athena dubbed 'the Witch of Portobello', which was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller in hardback. This is the story of Athena, or Sherine, to give her the name she was baptised with. Her life is pieced together through a series of recorded interviews with those people who knew her well or hardly at all - parents, colleagues, teachers, friends, acquaintances, her ex-husband. The vel unravels Athena's mysterious beginnings, via an orphanage in Romania, to a childhood in Beirut. When war breaks out, her adoptive family move with her to London, where a dramatic turn of events occurs...Athena, who has been dubbed 'the Witch of Portobello' for her seeming powers of prophecy, disappears dramatically, leaving those who knew her to solve the mystery of her life and abrupt departure. 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.
Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and best loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist, he has sold more than 85 million books worldwide and has been translated into 63 languages. Paulo's blog is at www.paulocoelhoblog.com. Visit him on myspace: www.myspace.com/paulocoelho