In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari.
Her only crime was to be an independent woman....
When Mata Hari arrived in Paris, she was penniless. Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city. A dancer who shocked and delighted audiences, as a confidante and courtesan she bewitched the era's richest and most powerful men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari's lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees and accused of espionage.
Told in Mata Hari's voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time - and paid the price.
"The fascinating story of her life is...beautifully written and gripping." (The Sunday Mirror)
"His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people." (The Times)
"Coelho's writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts...he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face." (The Daily Express)
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