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Bijan and Manije

UK only

£12.99 (hardback)


Bijan & Manije is a beautiful story of love across the divide, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, but with a distinctive Persian flavour.

A twist of fate brings Bijan face to face with the daughter of his enemy. They fall in love and refuse to abandon each other, even under duress. Can Iran’s greatest knight, Rostam, help save the day and bring warring nations to peace?

The story of Bijan and Manije is one of the ancient epic stories of Shahnameh (Book of Kings). Ferdowsi, the 10th century Persian poet, gathered the historical stories and myths of Persia in the form of poetry in Shahnameh. The Book of Kings was traditionally the base of Pardekhani, a type of storytelling for the public where illustrations were made on large canvases and a narrator read the poems to the audience in coffeehouses and streets.

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Meet the author and illustrator


Ali Seidabadi is a writer and poet for children and young adults who has written more than 40 books. He is editor of the only Iranian journal that deals specifically with children’s literature: Research Quarterly for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.




Marjan Vafaeian has been creating elaborate and detailed book illustrations for 10 years. Very well received at home in Iran, her work has also won awards in international exhibitions. Marjan has also illustrated The Parrot and the Merchant, a retelling of a fable by Rumi.


Read more about Bijan and Manije:
  • Bijan & Manije is a finalist in international picture book award!
  • A review by Terry Potter from The Letterpress Project: gloriously illustrated and beautifully produced
  • A review by English Association: Vibrant illustrations echoing the richness of the language
  • A review by Patricia Nozell: All children will enjoy this heroic love story
  • The story of Bijan and Manije spoke to me – Nicolette Jones. Link
  • Read a blogpost about the importance of children seeing themselves represented in books: Bijan and Manije feels a lot like home
  • Our Exciting title: Bijan & Manije. A blog post. Link
  • An amazing adaptation of a Persian ancient epic poetry. Link
  • Impressive performances of epic literature in cafe’s and street theatres. Link
  • What makes a story immortal? A blog post. Link
  • Stunningly original and beautifully presented. a review by Read it daddy. Link
  • Winter solstice celebration. Link
  • We tell stories to know who we are. Link
  • Bijan and Manije is an exciting story – Armadillo Magazine. Link
  • Better than Chocolate and flowers! Link
  • An exciting literary page-turner for all readers, young and old alike! Link
  • An equal voice for all women! A blog post
  • A review by educational consultant Anne Harding: an epic tale of love


Armadillo Magazine

This is an exciting story, powerfully retold.

English Association

The vibrant illustrations echo the richness of the language and have an unusual and distinctive style.

Nicolette Jones

The illustrations are remarkable!

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