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The Alchemist: four hundred and twenty three weeks in New York Times best-seller list

January 22, 2017

Congratulations Paulo Coelho, Sunday The Alchemist four hundred and twenty three  weeks in New York Times best-seller list, ie eight years and two months.

What a way to start 2017.

Not bad for a book that was first published nearly three decades ago.

Good books spread by word of mouth. Only rubbish needs marketing hype.

Cowboy Amazon Logistics dump parcel on doorstep

November 7, 2016

I open my front door to find Amazon Logistics had dumped a parcel on my doorstep.

It is an educated guess left by Amazon Logistics, as no card left.

Last two deliveries were by Amazon Logistic, and both times they dumped the parcel, first time behind a wheelie bin, the second time in a wheelie bin.

Amazon has not denied parcel was dumped by Amazon Logistics

Royal Mail does not dump parcels. They may lose, but do not dump.

The location where the parcel was left, in full view of passers by in the street.

Whoever dumped the parcel blatantly lied, they claimed in tracking notes:

Parcel was handed to resident to K P

Not the first time they had lied. When the parcel was dumped behind the wheelie bin, it was claimed it had been handeed to myself. I was not even there.

Had it rained, the parcel dumped on my doorstep would have got soaked.

I was home at the time the parcel was dumped.

This is the third time  a parcel from Amazon has been dumped. Complaints are made, complaints are ignored.

Note: Tracking notes show delivered by Amazon Logistics.

The Final Reckoning

August 21, 2016

The Final Reckoning by Petros Markaris, dramatised for BBC Radio 4.

Set in Athens during the economic crisis, shortly after the 2008 banking crisis and before Syriza come to power, with roots in the dark Fascist past.

Wealthy tax dodgers receive demands for unpaid taxes, when not paid, they are killed with hemlock, their bodies dumped at archaeological sites. Next are corrupt politicians.

Socrates was killed with hemlock. His dying words, the final reckoning, was that his debts and taxes be paid.

The Alchemist: four hundred weeks in New York Times best-seller list

April 24, 2016
The Alchemist 400 weeks New York Times best-seller list

The Alchemist 400 weeks New York Times best-seller list

Congratulations Paulo Coelho, Sunday The Alchemist four hundred continuous weeks in New York Times best-seller list.

What a way to end April 2016.

Not bad for a book that was first published twenty seven years ago.

Good books spread by word of mouth. Only rubbish needs marketing hype.

The Alchemist: three hundred and ninety seven weeks in New York Times best-seller list

March 28, 2016
The Alchemist three hundred and ninety seven weeks New York Times best-seller list

The Alchemist three hundred and ninety seven weeks New York Times best-seller list

Congratulations Paulo Coelho, Sunday The Alchemist three hundred and ninety seven continuous weeks in New York Times best-seller list.

That is an amazing seven years, eight  months and one week.

And it is at No 8.

What a way to end March 2016.

Not bad for a book that was first published twenty seven years ago.

Good books spread by word of mouth. Only rubbish needs marketing hype.

And many thanks Paulo and Christina for the St Joseph’s Day Party in The Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle the weekend before.

And many thanks Paulo for taking the trouble to sign books as you were leaving.

Paulo Coelho books signed in Prague

Paulo Coelho books signed in Prague

The Alchemist: three hundred and ninety weeks in New York Times best-seller list

January 31, 2016
The Alchemist three hundred and ninety weeks New York Times best-seller list

The Alchemist three hundred and ninety weeks New York Times best-seller list

Congratulations Paulo Coelho, today The Alchemist three hundred and ninety continuous weeks in New York Times best-seller list. That is an amazing seven years and six months. And it is at No 5.

What a way to end January 2016.

Not bad for a book that was first published twenty seven years ago.

Good books spread by word of mouth. Only rubbish needs marketing hype.

The Alchemist: three hundred and eighty-six weeks in New York Times best-seller list

January 3, 2016
The Alchemist three hundred and eighty-six weeks New York Times best-seller list

The Alchemist three hundred and eighty-six weeks New York Times best-seller list

Congratulations Paulo Coelho, today The Alchemist three hundred and eighty-six continuous weeks in New York Times best-seller list. That is an amazing seven years and five months. And it is at No 2.

What a way to welcome in the New Year.

Not bad for a book that was first published twenty seven years ago.

Good books spread by word of mouth. Only rubbish needs marketing hype.

The Arabian Nights

January 3, 2016
One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

Your fortune lies in Cairo. Go seek it there.

A modern retelling of The Arabian Nights.

Ata Madri, an expert in Mediaeval Arabic and The Arabian Nights receives an e-mail with an attachment. When she opens the attachment, it alludes to The Arabian Nights.

She has a dream:

Your fortune lies in Cairo. Go seek it there.

She is led to a bookshop in Caro, where believes she will find a Medieval manuscript of The Arabian Nights containing a long lost tale.

A wonderful re-telling of The Arabian Nights, tales within tales.

The ending of this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation is remarkably similar to The Alchemist by Paul Coelho.

Courage 2016

January 1, 2016
Courage 2016

Courage 2016

wise words from Paulo Coelho

wise words from Paulo Coelho

illustrations by Catalina Estrada

illustrations by Catalina Estrada

words from the books of Paul Coelho

words from the books of Paul Coelho

Courage 2016 is  a special limited edition diary with illustrations by Catalina Estrada and quotes from Paulo Coelho.

I resisted the temptation to look until today.

Each month opens with a beautiful illustration by Catalina Estrada and a quote from Paulo Coelho.

Each page opens with a quote from Paulo Coelho.

Diaries usually have less space for weekend entries. Sharing turns this around and devotes an entire page to Sunday.

These diaries are collectors items.

Catalina Estrada designed Scarves for Solidarity. Monies raised go to support Laboratorio del Espíritu, a project in Colombia.

In October I was quite surprised to find  on sale on bookstalls in Athens.

For successive years, I would strongly recommend as of limited edition, supplied to indie bookshops only, and readers directed to indie bookshops.

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

December 20, 2015
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Wonderfully read, The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman.

Two men set off on a quest to find a cave filled with gold.

BBC only keep stuff on-line for 21 days.