The Book That Changed My Life: ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

Ruki Garuba is an international celebrity stylist and fashion designer, who has worked with stars including Michael Bolton, Kelly Rowland, Keyshia Cole and The Jacksons.

How did you come across the book?

It was on the staff recommendations list at Borders (bookstore), so I bought it with about four other books, and it sat on my shelf  for about a year before I actually got round to reading it – which is very unlike me!

Give us a brief synopsis of what it’s about.

It is a simple story written about a boy who leaves his hometown and career as a sheep herder to find some pyramids with hidden treasure he dreamt about.  Along the way  he meets the love of his life and experiences different life lessons all in search of something he isn’t even sure exists.

How did it affect you or change your life?

The first time I read it I was going through a major personal and professional change, so the messages really touched home.  If you want something bad enough, the universe will conspire to help you achieve it.  It’s about following your dreams without fear.

Describe the book in five words.

Powerful, inspiring, encouraging, life-changing.

Have you recommended it to anyone?

Everyone I know!  It’s my favourite gift to give friends.

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