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Zal and the Phoenix

Special Edition Picture Storybook 

This special limited edition picture storybook, paintings by the distinguished artist Annabel Sebag-Montefiore and line illustrations by Cristina Martín, is a landscape hardback of 230x290mm with ribbon marker. The front cover features beautifully foiled line art on cloth. Each book is personally signed by the author, artist and illustrator, individually numbered and certificated. 

48 pages in 170g high quality matt coated paper + endpapers.

Covers in blue Brillianta Cloth Special edition with golden foiled lineart.


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Zal and the Phoenix is a fantasy story adaptation for children and families, of a tale from the celebrated Persian poet Abul-Qâsem Ferdowsi's epic book, the Shahnameh ("Book of Kings"). An enchanting, magical, adventure story about an albino boy, prince Zal and a mythical bird, the Phoenix. The story contains a powerful message of acceptance and friendship in the face of prejudice, as relevant today as it was 1000 years ago. 

Special Limited Edition


This special limited edition of 200 copies is being offered during this the Ferdowsi 1000th Commemoration Year.

Original paintings by the distinguished artist Annabel Sebag-Montefiore with line art illustrations by Cristina Martin, highly commended at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2019.

The author of the story adaptation is Mark Stephenson, music director of the Oscar winning Peter and The Wolf animation film. 

A fine book printer has been selected, whose clients include gift shops at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate Britain, the gold benchmark standard applied to this special limited edition picture storybook, for families to treasure, exquisite display, bookcases and coffee tables.



 9/11/2022 Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Zal and the Phoenix live Show at 12:30 & 1:30pm, for the benefit of hospital staff, patients and their families.

The publication of the ebook will coincide with the live shows. The event will be opened by Reza Beyad, Member and Development Board at CW+. The British-Iranian Sarmadi family, father, son and daughter Hadi, Kourosh and Shanley will narrate the story, accompanied by evocative, traditional prerecorded music played by Adib and Mehdi Rostami. Illustrations will be displayed on an LED screen, simultaneously with the narration and music, as will text for those with hearing impairments.

The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital’s award-winning arts in health programme combines visual and performing arts with live music and dance; participatory music, art and craft workshops; film screenings at the CW+ MediCinema; innovative design and green spaces; as well as our collection of over 2,000 works of art and digital installations to transform the hospital environment for patients, families, volunteers and staff. You can learn more here:

You can download the Press Release here.


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