Partly inspired by Ferdowsis epic story of Bijan and Manijeh, Old Shemiran Road takes the reader to revolutionary Tehran. When the final months of the Shahs reign give way to a period of tumultuous upheavals, Irans ruthless new leaders move quickly to fortify the foundations for their rule of terror.As the world around them turns upside down, Manijeh, a beautiful Persian woman, and Ben, a naïve Western man, are drawn together by love and desire. But their romance is cut short when they are cruelly separated by family ties and cultural differences. Just when all seems lost, violent revolution and the political betrayals that followed it provide a chance for Ben and Manijeh to try again.David Morisset is the pen name of an Australian writer, who lived in Iran in the late 1970s, when he worked as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Tehran. He has published novels, short stories and poems, including Persian Princess, which was commended in the John Shaw Nielson Poetry Award (Fellowship of Australian Writers) in March 2010.