‘This is both a fascinating and important book, and I will certainly be referring to it in my new history of the Jews of Arab lands.’ Sir Martin Gilbert


 ‘I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Memories of Eden.  I have become increasingly fascinated by the life of Jews in Baghdad and by the warm relationships that existed across faiths and communities.’ Rabbi Dame Julia Neuberger (Baroness Neuberger)



‘Family history at its best –  evocative, revealing and moving… Violette’s memoirs are not just elegantly written; they have a dreamlike quality which one does not encounter in work of history very often.’ Dr Bernhard Fulda, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge



‘Superbly readable… An astonishing record.’  William Shawcross, author and broadcaster



‘Captivating.’ Edwin Black (author, Banking on Baghdad )



‘A sensitive protrait of an ancient civilisation that was swept away.  Professor Avi Shlaim, St Antony’s College, Oxford



‘An enjoyable treasure house of information…These memoirs have only one motive: to leave for posterity a record of the daily lives led by our forefathers. In this they succeed brilliantly, for this is a real testament to a vanished way of life and a language that is also sadly disappearing.’  Professor Shmuel Moreh, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Prize Laureate and Chairman of the Association of Jewish Academics from Iraq in Israel.

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