What Rahmanian did was take inspiration from contemporary methods of storytelling, cinema being a key influence, along with the influence of Ferdowsi himself, who in his creation of the Shahnameh retold the ancient myths and stories of Iran's birth as a civilisation to be reckoned with.
At GCSE, I studied Steinbeck and Priestley. My first year at A-Level, I studied Browning, Auden, Fitzgerald and Hosseini. It was only in the second year that I studied Carter and Bronte as well as Marlowe. Work by female authors took up less than a third of my secondary education space - and unequal gender representation is set to increase.
With globe-trotting having fed his muse (he has lived in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Thomson has now based his family in London, his intellect undimmed by what some might call the coziness of home.
What to do if you're not JK Rowling, you don't have a big publishing house to promote you but you're determined to make your book a success?
I've been nominated for that social media challenge of picking ten books which affected me or shaped me in some way- and there's a challenge to savour. A week's thinking and a bit of writing later, here it is. Plots thankfully recovered.