News and Reviews of ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons (1974)’

Have you received the same despatches as me?

I opened my post to find not one but three reviews of my books, including this article published in The Outlaw and another in Signals, for which I am very grateful. I have pasted them here for fans of the film who do not yet subscribe to these literary magazines.

Review by Jack Parker in The Outlaw

This review was followed by by a comment from Winifred Wilson, librarian of The Arthur Ransome Society:

Review by Winifred Wilson1

The Library Supplement in The magazine of The Arthur Ransome Society gives a full description of all three books:

Review in Signals Library Supplement

Review in Signals

Mixed Moss  arrived before Easter with Spurrier’s map on the cover:

Mixed Moss 2014

I found another review inside, this time from New Zealand:

Mixed Moss1

Mixed Moss2

Mixed Moss3

The News is that The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons has been signed up by the publisher Classic TV Press who plan to bring out a new edition in paperback this July. It will include glossy photographs and additional points of interest. If you would like to order a signed copy please email:

If you are interested in joining the Arthur Ransome Society please click here.

Here is a shot from 1973, capturing some of the deb-archery:

Sophie Neville watching the Amazons practicing with bows and arrows

Sophie Neville with Peter Robb-King (Make-Up) and Ronnie Cogan (Hair) watching Lesley Bennett and Kit Seymour trying out their bows and arrows with Terry Smith (Wardrobe) while on location near Peel Island on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

We now have a second edition of ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons’ out as an ebook and two versions of the paperback, which is almost identical but includes film stills and can be ordered from libraries as well as the usual online outlets.

'The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) by Sophie Neville'
Different editions of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) by Sophie Neville’

Author: Sophie Neville

Writer and charity fundraiser

12 thoughts on “News and Reviews of ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons (1974)’”

  1. One for TARS library please! And the Stall manager will be wanting multiple copies to sell in due course!

  2. Dear Sophie , As TARS member 79 I would love to buy a signed copy of your book . I had hoped to meet you at the TARS N. AGM last month but I was unable to attend . I hope to meet you at some future event . Cheers , Martin Robinson

    1. I was so sorry to miss you at the TARS North Meeting.
      Will you be at the TARS IAGM in Barnstaple?

      If you can send a short email to
      they will put you down for a copy that hopefully will be out in July.

      I hope you are enjoying the blog posts.
      Do let me have any questions about the film or locations.
      I discovered a new secret today – and a little story about Mrs Ransome.

  3. I’ll order a signed copy too from the classictvpress site as well.
    I can hardly stop laughing at “deb-archery” in the photo caption!

    Thanks Sophie!

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