"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)
"This is an extraordinary, unique and invaluable book. An astonishing record. Violette writes beautifully and her work is superbly readable. [It] is an account of a long forgotten time – indeed, a time which is barely imaginable now, given the hatreds that currently exist in the Middle East. Until World War Two, Jews and Muslims lived side by side, she writes. 'We were treated as equals and accepted on our own merit until the poison of Nazism and Arab nationalism entered the bloodstream. The evil spread like a bad, contagious disease.' It still does so."
– William Shawcross, author and broadcaster
"A unique insight into the culture, customs and everyday life of the Jews of Iraq. It paints a sensitive portrait of an ancient civilisation which was swept away by the violent current of modern nationalism. The contrast between the harmony and peaceful coexistence depicted here and the mayhem and destructiveness of present-day Iraq could hardly be starker."
– Professor Avi Shlaim, St Antony’s College, Oxford