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Adultery No2 in New York Times best-seller list

August 31, 2014
Adultery No2 New York Times

Adultery No2 New York Times

OMG! Tomorrow in the NY Times list – #2 in Hardcover and Paperback !!! — Paulo Coelho

An amazing achievement by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, two books simultaneously at No2 in the New York Times best-seller lists.

US is biggest English speaking market and Paulo Coelho has two books at Number Two.

Adultery was published in the English language, 14 August 2014 in UK and 19 August 2014 in US.

Adultery is today Number Two in the New York Times best seller list for hardbacks.

Adulterio en español el número uno.

The Alchemist was was first published in 1986. Twenty six years later, it is today Number Two in the New York Times best seller list for paperbacks. It has now recorded three-hundred and eighteen continuous weeks in the New York Times best seller list.

According to deputy manager of WHSmith Guildford, it is opinion Adultery a best seller.

According to deputy manager of WHSmith Guildford, it is opinion Paulo Coelho best selling author.

Waterstone’s Guildford: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 29, 2014
Adultery I feel as if I were entering a  tunnel I've never travelled before, one that leads from cynicism to passion,  from irony to surrender.

Adultery I feel as if I were entering a tunnel I’ve never travelled before, one that leads from cynicism to passion, from irony to surrender.

After my appalling experience in WHSmith Guildford, I look in Waterstone’s Guildford, do they have Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

Waterstone’s much better.

I cannot see with new releases. I ask a very helpful young lady with flowers in her hair.

She says yes, they have, and takes me to a display table, where I had not thought to look.

None there. A colleague tells her all sold, more have come in. She tells me it is selling well, four sold that week, and seven more have just been delivered. She also tells me she had started reading Adultery and it was very good. She offers to go and unpack a copy for me, it will only take a few minutes, if I do not mind waiting. I say no, I am literally starving, and must go off and get some lunch.

I tell her of my appalling experience in WHSmith Guildford and thank her for being so helpful.

I had looked in Waterstone’s Guildford prior to publication of Adultery, and told a member of staff I knew that it was an international best-seller. Heed must have been taken, as she said she would pass it on.

Contrast with WHSmith, an international best-seller, on special offer, and yet they do not bother to stock, if they do not on prominent display, and if they sell their only copies, they do not restock.

WHSmith Guildford: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 29, 2014
Adultery Will I survive? Of course I will I've survived storms before.

Adultery Will I survive? Of course I will I’ve survived storms before.

Each time I think, it cannot get any worse at WHSmith, they prove me wrong.

WHSmith Guildford, would they have Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

I negotiate all the obstacles and obstructions between the entrance and the escalator, and go up to the first floor.

I look in all the obvious places, latest releases, special offers. I draw a blank. Nada.

I seek help from a member of staff. She actually knows what I am after, or another member of staff does, I am taken to where it is seemingly randomly filed. All of one copy.

She pulls it out and hands it to me. Noticing the absence of a half price sticker, I ask is it still on special offer? I am told no, the offer has ended.

Thinking this cannot be, it only was published a couple of weeks ago, I take the book to another member of staff. He scans the book and confirms what I have been told.

A single copy of Adultery, and no longer on special offer.

This beggars belief, a best-seller on special offer, nowhere has it in stock, then when I find a store that has a copy, a single copy it no longer is on offer.

I ask for the manager. Floor manager? No, store manager.

No manager to be found, I settle for deputy manager.

A bizarre conversation then ensues. I am told I should have come to this store not other stores where they did not have a copy. I am then told it does not sell, and it is my opinion that it is a best-seller!

Jamie’s Comfort Food, latest cookbook from Jamie Oliver. Displayed in the window, on special offer at price half price, on display in-store. At half price, better off walking across the road to Waterstone’s, where at least they know about books. Or if you want it less than half price, walk up the High Street to Sainsbury’s, where it is £12-99 (same price as Amazon).

I walk out of the store in disgust.

Fact: International best-seller.

Fact: Second print run in US in less than a week.

Fact: In Sunday Times best-seller list.

It is unbelievable anyone can conduct business in this slapdash manner and still remain in business. WHSmith has become a laughing stock. But I doubt they even care.

Adultery, published earlier this month, an international best-seller from an international best selling author, WHSmith has it on special offer at half price, or it was, but either not in stock, or where they have sold, have not bothered to restock, then when found, no longer on special offer!

If you have an international best-seller on special offer, do you not have it on prominent display?

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain, permanent fire sales. The only surprise is that they remain in business.

WHSmith Farnborough: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 29, 2014
Adultery Will I survive? Of course I will I've survived storms before.

Adultery Will I survive? Of course I will I’ve survived storms before.

Just when I think WHSmith can not get any worse (WHSmith Lincoln, WHSmith Camberley, WHSmith Farnham), WHSmith Farnborough once again proves me wrong.

Did they have Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

I look in all the obvious places, latest releases, special offers, even where it had been randomly filed over a week ago. I draw a blank. Nada.

A member of staff sees me looking lost, and offers to help.

Now there is a rarity, a helpful member of staff.

I say what I am looking for, he does not know, and goes off to ask another member of staff.

He returns with the answer, we had two copies, we sold them.

Now I think it fair to say, Adultery, Paulo Coelho’s latest book is not a rare limited edition. It is an international best-seller, last week in the Sunday Times best-seller list, WHSmith Farnborough sells their only two copies, but fails to re-order. A best-seller they have on special offer, only they do not bother to stock!

It is unbelievable anyone can conduct business in this slapdash manner and still remain in business. WHSmith has become a laughing stock. But I doubt they even care.

Adultery, published earlier this month, an international best-seller from an international best selling author, WHSmith has it on special offer at half price, they have failed to restock the copies sold, let alone on prominent display!

If you have an international best-seller on special offer, do you not have it on prominent display?

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain, permanent fire sales. The only surprise is that they remain in business.

Waterstone’s Winchester: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 27, 2014
Adultery Why is Love is more important than Faith?

Adultery Why is Love more important than Faith?

Would Waterstone’s Winchester have Paulo Coelho’s latest book, would it be on prominent display?

I looked where latest hardbacks were on display. I could not see Adultery.

I asked at the counter. A helpful man, he said yes, we do have, Paulo Coelho books are upstairs, but should be here with latest releases.

We looked, and I spotted before he did. Three, maybe four copies.

I asked was it selling.

He said yes, slowly slowly.

Paulo Coelho: having an affair and saving your marriage

August 25, 2014

Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho talks to Channel 4 News about adultery, depression, betrayal and how he connects with readers through social media.

Adultery

“I cannot tell you I was the most faithful husband on earth, and the same goes for my wife, she had one or two affairs but we were able to overcome.”

Depression

“I thought the big issue was depression today, which is not, it is betrayal. The main focus here is that fear of losing control of the things we take for granted, and among the things we take for granted is marriage.”

Revenge

“I’m not this nice person who is always forgiving everybody, no I’m a warrior. I’m very passionate about life. It’s not that I’m revengeful, but I’m a warrior.”

Brazil

“For Brazil, the World Cup was a disaster and we’re going to pay this nepotism debt for the years to come. I can blame myself because I was there for the bid. I really regret when I saw how they were investing the money. It was basically nepotism.”

Middle East

“In Brazil we have this expression, we ask the driver of a bus to put the brakes on when somewhere is too crowded so I think the same thing is going to happen in the Middle East.”

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum.

The Alchemist, his most famous novel, has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold 150 million copies worldwide.

His latest book Adultery is out now.

You can follow him on twitter @paulocoelho.

Adaptation of Channel 4 News interview with Paulo Coelho.

Paulo Coelho explains why his latest novel is called ‘Adultery’

August 24, 2014
Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

I WAS not at all sure about going to interview Paulo Coelho. It’s not that I am not fascinated by Brazil’s rock-star writer, who has sold more than 150 million books and whose fans range from Chinese President Xi Jinping to Madonna. It’s just that the previous time I went to interview him, a few days after coming back from the war in Iraq in 2003, he ended up using me as the inspiration for a novel about a female war correspondent.

Then I looked at his new book: Adultery is about a middle-aged female journalist who enters into a destructive affair with a politician she interviews. Being the inspiration for that would be hard to explain to my husband.

Coelho laughs heartily, grabs my tape recorder and speaks into it. “Christina Lamb, who was the muse for my book The Zahir, is not the muse for Adultery,” he says. Fascinated by world affairs, Coelho devours news. As his wife brings us coffee, he quizzes me about Gaza, Syria, Iraq and ­Afghanistan.

All this death and destruction seems very far from peaceful Geneva, where the Coelhos live in a two-storey penthouse in a large apartment building, all white walls with colourful paintings by his wife. We sit at a table on the upper floor, surrounded by big windows looking out on to trees and mountains and a terrace with a target where he practises archery.

He will be 67 next week and is dressed in his uniform of black T-shirt and black jeans, a strange rat’s tail of white hair protruding from the back of his head. His phone is nearby in case his dentist calls — even the most spiritual of writers get tooth infections. Eventually I point out that I will have to ask him some questions and he points out that he doesn’t need to give interviews — he has nearly 22 million likes on his main Facebook page and nine million Twitter followers. Even though his new book will launch in 30 countries next week, he is giving no interviews besides this one and another to an American paper.

“Publishers still don’t understand — they say to promote a book you need to travel and give interviews,” he says. “I say, ‘No, it’s a waste of time. What promotes a book is word of mouth.’ ”

He also stopped book signings because there were too many people. Were it not for the money rolling in, publishers would surely hate him. He pirates his own books through a website called Pirate Coelho, which he insists has led to more sales.

He spends far more time on social media than he does writing, posting “random videos” in which he pontificates on subjects such as the “exchange of energy” as well as messages that are seen by some as inspiration and by others as banal: for example, “The extraordinary lies in the path of ordinary people.”

“This is the future of literature,” he enthuses. “I am positive in 20 years from now people will write very short pieces like the Greeks when they used to write about philosophy.

“Attention spans are being reduced and I have to adapt if I am going to continue to be read.”

The idea for Adultery came from his followers. “The origin of this book is the Kinsey report — you remember that?” he asks. When I crumple my forehead, he laughs. “No, you think about war, not sex!” Also, my mother was still a child in 1948 when Alfred Kinsey lifted the lid on American sexual behaviour in a vast study.

“When his book was released, Americans felt this great relief — I’m not the only one to make love in this way,” says Coelho. “So I thought that now I have more than 30 million people on social communities I can do the same as Kinsey did for sex on something I consider relevant.”

He chose depression and put up a post on his site. The next day he had more than 1100 replies. “I noticed that out of these 1100 responses, 100 were discussing depression and the others were all about being betrayed. So I realised the problem is not depression; it’s adultery.”

He started going on internet forums. “I saw that many people get such an emotional reaction to someone they meet, even if it’s just a one-night stand, that they sacrifice everything, get divorced and then regret it.”

Has he been adulterous, I ask, feeling a bit awkward as his wife is just downstairs. “Of course,” he replies. “At the beginning she had two or three affairs, I guess. I had … but we never considered divorce. We were open; still are. I didn’t see the point of hiding because she knew I loved her and I knew she loved me.” Indeed he has been with his fourth wife, Chris­tina, for 35 years. “Humans are not naturally monogamous but we adapt,” he says.

He shows me what he calls his “cell” — the downstairs room where he writes. There is a large computer on the desk and on the wall above it a map of Switzerland, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a clock. No music — “It’s too powerful, it will drive my attention away.” And no books: “I gave them all away to libraries and bought them in electronic form.”

He claims he writes books only after seeing a white feather. Astonishingly he says it took him just two or three weeks to write his latest. His assistants are instructed to refuse all invitations and almost all interview requests. He shows me his calendar for the month: “Look, nothing, nothing, nothing!” he says proudly.

Coelho’s own life is the stuff of fiction. He shows me a trailer for a Brazilian biopic that will go on general release that week. Though he was not involved, he says he is nervous of public reaction.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, and his father was an engineer who wanted him to follow in his footsteps or become a lawyer. But from a young age he longed to be a writer. So alarmed were his parents that when he was 17 they sent him to a mental asylum. “Not just once but three times,” he says. “They thought I was psychotic. Like now, I read a lot and I didn’t socialise.”

Doesn’t he feel angry with his parents? “Not then, not now,” he replies. “Then I understood it as a test of my willpower; now I understand it as a manifestation of love — they were trying to protect me.”

After he was freed he became a hippie. A chance meeting with Brazilian rock star Raul Seixas led to him writing lyrics. He was so successful that by the age of 25 he owned five flats. There was just one problem: Brazil’s military regime saw the songs as subversive. Coelho was arrested and tortured.

What kept him going, he says, was his belief he would be a writer. It took a long time. His turning point was a 800km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain in 1986. “At the end I thought either I forget my dream or write a book.”

He wrote The Pilgrimage and then The Alchemist, which has sold more than 65 million copies. The first publisher printed just 900 copies and sold so few that he gave Coelho back the rights.

Gradually by word of mouth the book started selling. I notice he tweets every week that it is still on The New York Times bestseller list: 315 weeks this week. Does he still get a kick out of the numbers, I ask. “Absolutely!” he replies. “I check every week.”

Fans of the book include Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts and Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, who had it on her bookshelf in the remote valley of Swat in Pakistan. What is it that touches so many people? “I have no answer,” he replies. “The day I have, I would try to repeat the formula, and that’s dangerous.”

He is delighted to have avoided a film of The Alchemist. “Warner has the rights,” he says. “But I think a movie kills a book. It can make a book sell for the next four weeks but no more. If I see a movie based on a book I am not going to read the book.”

He is in the happy position of not needing the money. He must be super rich, I say. “Of course!” he laughs. I wonder what he does with it. He has no children and seems to live simply — his watch is a Swatch and his only jewellery a silver serpent ring.

“I made a list of things I really enjoy,” he says. “The first is walking, which I do every day, but that’s free. Then archery, which I like because I can’t sit down and meditate and say ‘Om’ — I am not that type of person. Then the internet — I have broadband but that’s not expensive. Me and my wife don’t spend much money.”

What he doesn’t have is the respect of critics. For all his sales, his books are derided as cod philosophy full of platitudes such as “Everyone has a dark side”. He professes not to care. “I don’t take the critics seriously,” he insists. “They can say whatever they want — it’s part of the game. If I didn’t have such heavy criticism I probably wouldn’t be who I am.”

But clearly he yearns for critical acclaim, telling me that his dream is to win the Nobel. “Every single writer in the world wants the Nobel prize,” he says. “If I have one ambition, that’s it.”

As I leave, I walk through the neat Swiss streets, recognising locations of adulterous assignations in his book. Then I see he has added a posting to his Facebook page. It says: “The difficult times make us discover we are more capable than what we thought.” I don’t know if he is referring to the interview or the tooth.

– Christina Lamb

Interview with Paulo Coleho published in the Sunday Times two weeks ago.

Happy Birthday Paulo Coelho

August 24, 2014

Today, birthday of Paulo Coelho.

WHSmith Farnham: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 23, 2014
Adultery We don't show our feelings because people might think we're vulnerable and take advantage of us

Adultery We don’t show our feelings because people might think we’re vulnerable and take advantage of us

I thought nowhere could be as bad as WHSmith Lincoln, though WHSmith Camberley runs it a close second, but today, WHSmith Farnham proved me wrong.

I popped in, to thank you to the young lady who last week was very helpful, and to see if they had Adultery in stock, having last week wiped out their entire stock, all two copies.

I looked, but could not find anywhere. The information desk at the back was not manned, no staff by the shelves, nothing for it but to go to the cash tills at the front of the store.

I found a supervisor, at least that is what the badge said, standing around doing nothing.

Paulo Coelho’s latest book?

I got what has now become the norm for WHSmith, the blank stare.

Title?

Adultery.

No, we only have paperbacks.

This baffled me, as Adultery a hardback.

I asked to look.

Adultery listed, zero stock.

Last week, I wiped out their entire stock, all two copies. An international best-seller from an international best-selling author, out of stock, and they do not restock, let alone have as one would expect copies piled up on prominent display.

I raise this. The answer I get beggars belief, but sadly sums up both WHSmith and the staff they employ.

Not my problem.

I explain, it will be his problem when they go out of businesses.

He then tries to tell me they are a highly successful chain.

I was not sure if that was meant to be irony or an example of corporate brainwashing.

I contrast the ignoramus with a Spanish girl working in a little bakery shop, that I had just come from.

A Spanish girl working there, noticed I had Eleven Minutes in my hand. We had a long chat re Paulo Coelho. I told her Paulo Coelho had a new book out, Adultery, but she alredy knew. She said she would buy in Spain, because she wanted to read in Spanish. We both agreed, a tiny bookshop in Spain, would have on display in the window, they would know the author. Contrast with WHSmith.

On the counter 20% off vouchers. I requested one. I was refused on the grounds no transaction had taken place!

It is unbelievable anyone can conduct business in this slapdash manner and still remain in business. WHSmith and their staff have become a laughing stock. But I doubt they even care.

Adultery, published last week, an international best-seller from an international best selling author, WHSmith has it on special offer at half price, they have failed to restock the copies sold, let alone on prominent display!

If you have an international best-seller on special offer, do you not have it on prominent display?

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain, permanent fire sales. The only surprise is that they remain in business.

WHSmith Aldershot: Paulo Coelho’s latest book

August 21, 2014
Adultery love isn't a feeling; it's an art

Adultery love isn’t a feeling; it’s an art

As the young lady in WHSmith Aldershot had been helpful last week in advising me to go to WHSmith Farnham, I thought I would pop in and thank her, and as it was Thursday, delivery day, maybe, just maybe, they might have Paulo Coelho’s latest book in stock.

I thanked her, and she checked on the system.

Yes, we have in stock.

She then led me to where she thought we would find, and where I would have looked, latest releases, hardbacks on special offer.

We both looked, we looked again, I knew what I was looking for, as I knew what the cover looked like. We both drew a blank.

She then asked fellow members of staff. One shrugged no idea, but luckily one did.

He took us to a shelf, and seemingly shelved randomly, as WHSmith Farnborough, two copies of Adultery. These were shelved spine showing, so not easily spotted, but even had they been shelved with cover showing, no sticker showing they were on special offer at half price.

Their entire stock of an international best-seller from an international best-selling author, two copies!

I bought their entire stock, all two copies. Half price, a further 20% off with a 20% off discount voucher. Two copies £9-98, less than full price for a single copy. The helpful young lady, gave me a second 20% off voucher, which runs for September, after mine has run out.

It is unbelievable anyone can conduct business in this slapdash manner and still remain in business.

Adultery, published last week, an international best-seller from an international best selling author, WHSmith has it on special offer at half price, they have all of two copies in stock and not on prominent display!

If you have an international best-seller on special offer, do you not have it on prominent display?

It is little wonder WHSmith a failing High Street chain, permanent fire sales. The only surprise is that they remain in business.


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