When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.
As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a 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 defy convention and paid the ultimate price.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, Paulo Coelho worked as a composer, a journalist, and as an author and director for the theatre before dedicating his life to books. His books have been published in 168 countries and translated into 80 languages. His biggest success, The Alchemist, is considered the highest selling book written by a Brazilian.
He was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002, and in 2007 was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. He has been married to Christina Oiticica since 1979.