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The Book of the Alchemist

Adam Williams

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Historical fiction

Plenty of adventure, Spanish history and romance from the highly praised author of THE PALACE OF HEAVENLY PLEASURE.

Andalucia, 1938. The Spanish Civil War is drawing to its end. Desperate Republican soldiers holding hostages in a cathedral, plan a last, explosive act of death and destruction. One of their prisoners, ex government minister Professor Pinzon, has already lost his son to the war. He determines to save his grandson at any cost.

The discovery of an ancient book in a hidden space beneath the cathedral is a welcome distraction. But as Professor Pinzon reads aloud to the frightened hostages, he discovers that this tale of medieval Andaluz and the friendship between three young men an alchemist, a mason and a prince besides connecting two ideologically torn worlds 1000 years apart, might also offer a route to freedom . . .

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Praise for The Book of the Alchemist

  • An epic historical and romantic story as well as an impressive first novel. - Sunday Mirror on THE PALACE OF HEAVENLY PLEASURE

  • 'This book is poetic and romantic in parts, harrowing and tragic in others' **** - Heat on THE EMPEROR'S BONES

  • A rattling good read. Full of love and loss and guts and gore and derring-do, this is as good as an adventure story gets . . . Williams is a master - The Times on THE PALACE OF HEAVENLY PLEASURE

  • Epic adventure - Woman & Home

  • The perfect book for curling up with at the weekend - SHE

  • A terrific yarn and a moving portrait of the power of love and friendship - Good Book Guide

  • A thousand years go by in a flash as Williams spins a yarn uniting childhood camaraderie in the 11th century with the violence of the 20th-century civil war. Prepare to be captivated - Stylist

  • Rewarding novel of love and friendship connecting worlds a thousand years apart - Sun

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Adam Williams

Adam Williams, whose family has lived in China since the late nineteenth century, was born and raised in Hong Kong. For the last eighteen years he has been representative in Beijing of a Far East trading conglomerate. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to Sino-British trade. Adam lives in China and Italy and has three children. To find out more, visit Adam's website or follow him on Twitter at

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