Testimonials

‘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

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 ‘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)

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‘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

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

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

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

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‘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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