At the time of her death, I was overwhelmed to find how greatly my dear daughter was appreciated as a friend as well as a cosmologist by those brilliant people among whom she worked. As stated in my foreword, I had only a limited selection of readers in mind when I wrote the memoir, but I am very happy to think that someone as experienced as Virginia Trimble should believe that it will make people who never knew Beatrice appreciate her and wish they had known her. I can only say a heartfelt "thank you" for her review.
Having said this, I must add that to me the principal author of the book is Beatrice herself. For without her letters, it would be nothing. I still marvel at how clearly she could express herself through them and at how she ever found time to write many of them. If the book will, as Virginia Trimble suggests, make people wish they had known Beatrice in person, the chief reason lies in her own letters.