The second edition of ‘The Secrets of Filming ‘Swallows and Amazons'(1974)’ available as an ebook


A second edition of the ebook ‘The Secrets of Filming ‘SWALLOWS & AMAZONS'(1974) is now available on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, itunes, Kobo, and Nook for £2.99 . You can download this free of charge if you already own the first edition.

If you would like a copy but don’t have a Kindle, worry not. We have added a link whereby you can download a free Kindle app. Please go to my Book Page and scroll down for the details.

If you already have a copy of the ebook, contact a Customer Advisor and ask for a free update. You just need to give Kindle the ebook’s ASIN number. The ISBN for all online editions except Kindle is: ISBN 9781311761927

Since being contacted by others who were involved in the filming, I have been able to add a few more anecdotes and images, including this beautiful shot of Virginia McKenna in 1973 kindly sent in by the photographer Philip Hatfield.


I found a copy of my original contract for the film and when Jean McGill rang from Bowness, a few more secrets floated to the surface.

Sophie Neville and David Wood

CBBCTV’s Cinemaniacs  interviewed the screenwriter David Wood and myself on how the original movie of Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ was made back in the summer of 1973.  The idea was to use 30 second clips, so please excuse my over-the-top reactions, but you can watch the whole recording below.

‘This has to be one of the most delightful interviews in my recent memory.’ Tim Lewis, USA

Author: Sophie Neville

Writer and charity fundraiser

13 thoughts on “The second edition of ‘The Secrets of Filming ‘Swallows and Amazons'(1974)’ available as an ebook”

    1. We have certainly upgraded and made a number of small additions to the print book, preparing for a second print run. I’ve added the names of a few more members of the film crew and have been able to improve the flow. It’s been quite a complicated book to put together in an amusing and readable way. The ebook is diverging further as it also includes the rather more gossipy anedotes that have been sent in. You may have come across them on earlier blog posts! It does not include any official film stills but I have added a few more images that are of interest. Do you ever read ebooks yourself?

  1. I love this site and your reminiscences, Sophie – thank you so much.
    Hearing a little of the “inside story” of the film-making adds another layer to the pleasure the film evokes.
    Best wishes from NZ.

  2. Thanks for that update Sophie. Yes I do, but there is nothing like a physical book, and though I had the e-book version of yours as soon as the real book was published I bought a copy!

    1. Thanks! We made the ebook as cheap as possible for this reason. It is good to have a couple of ebooks on your phone incase you get stuck somewhere. A friend of mine was in stand-still traffic on the M3 for 8 hours once. A kindle is a great blessing if you have to go into hospital for a long period or travel a lot.

  3. Have just watched the interview of David Wood and yourself on YouTube – an amusing and informative piece which you both obviously enjoyed . I am soon to obtain the Ebook of your revised book , so more secrets will soon be revealed …
    TARS for ever , Martin

    1. My secret is that I am terrified a few typos have crept in during the revision. Please let me know if you see any or notice diary sections that are not in italics. Sometimes they jump out all by themselves. Horrific. Everyone will think I write like a 12 yr old.

  4. Sophie, I remembered I had the 1st edition from Smashwords and once I signed in and went to ‘my library’ it let me download the 2nd straight away.

  5. I have the hardback edition and I am half-way through this 2nd edition e-book; it’s marvellous! Some of the new anecdotes are hilarious!

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