Isabel Allende

A Literary Legend

Isabel Allende is an internationally acclaimed author, social activist, and feminist icon. She is best known for her epic and highly autobiographical novel 'The House of Spirits', which was later released as a motion picture in 1993. Her novels and memoirs have established her as one of the most respected Latin American writers.

"One of the most respected writers"

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  • Globalisation
  • Social Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Women's Rights
  • Tales of Passion
  • Literature Workshops
  • Living with Passion


She presents in English and Spanish.

How she presents

Isabel's presentations give fascinating insights into how she is guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved social and economic justice. This vision includes empowerment of women and girls and protection of women and children.

Books & Media

  • The Wind Knows My Name
  • Violeta
  • A Long Petal of the Sea
  • The Soul of a Woman
  • In the Midst of Winter
  • The Japanese Lover
  • Island Beneath the Sea
  • The Sum of Our Days
  • Inés of My Soul

In Detail

Born in Lima, Peru, she grew up in Chile and travelled around the world as the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. Isabel is the founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation, which promotes and preserves the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected. She has received fifteen honorary doctorates, including one from Harvard University, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, and has received the PEN Centre Lifetime Achievement Award and the Anis field-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama awarded Allende the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honour, and in 2018 she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.


Isabel has lectured, done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges. In her writing, Allende deals with politics, history, and social institutions in a way that is all but passive.



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