Sophie Neville became inadvertently well known as a child when she starred as Titty in the 1974 movie ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Forty years later, she was persuaded to bring out an ebook on ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’. This attracted such outrageous headlines in the Times and Telegraph that she was commissioned to write ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’, now published by The Lutterworth Press.
Although useless at sailing, she became President of The Arthur Ransome Society and wrote forewords for ‘Swallowdale‘ by Arthur Ransome, ‘Swallows, Amazons and Coots’ and ‘An A-Z of Cumbria and The Lake District on Film’ while speaking on BBC Radio and at literary festivals. She has been commissioned to write articles for the Daily Telegraph, Country Life and DVD Extras for Revelation Film but nearly capsized on ITV News at Ten.
Sophie has a degree in Anthropology from Durham University and background in television production. She exhausted herself working at the BBC when she wrote her own programs and worked on drama serials such as ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Eastenders’ and ‘My Family and Other Animals’, before directing her first documentary for Channel 4 when driving from London to Johannesburg. She later produced an Inset series, set up a Blue Peter summer exploration of South Africa and worked freelance for the BBC Natural History Unit in Botswana and Namibia. As trustee of The Waterberg Trust, she held a series of challenge rides through Southern Africa where she lived for twelve years while working as a wildlife artist and cartographer. While living in the African bush she put together two illustrated memoirs: Ride the Wings of Morning and Funnily Enough, which was serialised in iBelieve magazine and hit #1 in Humour on Amazon Kindle in the UK.
The Lutterworth Press bring you an interview with Sophie Neville here