The Author

About Beverly Hopper

Mutti’s Dream is Beverly’s first book. Never having the intention to write a book, she became compelled to write after hearing the story of what happened at the end of the second world war from her mother-in-law Inge on countless occasions.

As Inge grew older, her recollections became stronger, together with the desire for the story to be told to a broader audience. This became a burning passion within her.

Beverly wanted to record Inge’s words as far as possible, but rather than record an interview herself, and she thought it appropriate that her two sons be the ones to undertake the interview. Countless accounts of what happened and the video recording, and the many books and memorabilia assembled over the year formed the book’s basis.

Beverly has a sister Nicky, a brother Nigel and they lived with their parents in Lancashire and Whitby, North Yorkshire, before moving to Sandbach in Cheshire in 1970. Her parents Judy and Michael Walker enjoyed a happy marriage until her father’s untimely death at just 50yrs old. Now Judy and her partner Allan still live in Sandbach, and Nicky lives close by. Her brother and family live in Scotland.

In 2018, when on holiday in Portugal with good friends Pat Clayton, Pauline Hunt and Lorraine Cliff, Beverly chatted about one day writing the story of her mother-in-law’s escape from East Prussia. It was then that Pauline gave Beverly a small gold heart shaped notebook and told her to start writing! That was the day they departed and before they landed back in the UK, the little notebook was full. That was the beginning of the book and three years later again in Portugal, the call came through that the launch day was set and everything was in place to launch on 28th October 2021, which ironically is Beverly’s birthday.

Beverly and her husband met and married in Cheshire, where their sons Daniel and Adam were born. Beverly spent most of her business life working within the financial sector and now runs her own company and, alongside a team of tax specialists, supports businesses in claiming research and development tax credits.

Beverly’s husband Dennis works at Leeds University, and they live in West Yorkshire with a son, Dan, and daughter-in-law Kirsty, living in Chesterfield with their two children Jack and Emily. Her second son Adam is currently living and working in China with his wife Luping, and they have a business called ‘House of VFX” working within the film industry.