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 write ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ published by The Lutterworth Press. She brought out two humorous memoirs ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ and ‘Funnily Enough’, which was serialised in iBelieve magazine. As President of The Arthur Ransome Society she wrote forwards for ‘Swallowdale‘, ‘Swallows, Amazons and Coots’ and ‘An A-Z of Cumbria and The Lake District on Film’ while speaking on BBC Radio, ITV News and at literary festivals. She has been commissioned to write articles for the Daily Telegraph, Country Life and specialist magazines.
Sophie has a degree in Anthropology from Durham University and background in television production. While at the BBC she wrote her own documentaries and worked on drama serials such as ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Eastenders’ and ‘My Family and Other Animals’. Now a trustee of The Waterberg Trust, she leads an annual challenge ride through Southern Africa where she lived for twelve years while working freelance for the BBC Natural History Unit.