Sophie Neville became inadvertently well known for starring as ‘Titty’ in ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (1974),  a movie so ageless that it is repeatedly broadcast on television around the world. Her ebook on ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’ attracted so much media attention that she was commissioned to write ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’, now published by The Lutterworth Press. Amusing, and appropriate for all ages, it doesn’t spoil the magic of the film.

Sophie has recently been giving talks at the Southampton International Boat Show 2022, signing copies of her book on Future Publishing’s stand.


Although useless at sailing, Sophie became President of The Arthur Ransome Society in 2014 and began speaking at cinemas and literary festivals from Cornwall to Cumbria. She was commissioned to write articles for the Daily Telegraph, Country Life and DVD Extras for Revelation Film, along with forewords for Swallowdale’ by Arthur Ransome, ‘Swallows, Amazons and Coots’ ‘An A-Z of Cumbria and The Lake District on Film’, and ‘Boats Yet Sailing’. Since then, she has contributed chapters to other books such as Write Well and Merry Christmas Everyone, while writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers.

Whilst living in Africa, Sophie put together two illustrated memoirs: Ride the Wings of Morning, and Funnily Enough, which won a Rubery Book Award, was serialised in iBelieve magazine and hit #1 in Humour on Amazon Kindle in the UK. She has just brought out a 2nd edition with additional illustrations available online.

Funnily Enough – the paperback is in black and white but the ebook includes colour illustrations.

Sophie appeared on BBC Antiques Roadshow in 2021, has been speaking on BBC Radio and nearly capsized on ITV News. You can listen to her on Radio Cumbria here and find behind-the-scenes photos with links to BBC iPlayer here.

The original film of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is streaming on Amazon Prime where you can watch the trailer. Loved by one generation after another, it is often on BBC iPlayer where you can also find The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome.


Sophie has a degree in Anthropology from Durham University and background in television production. She began working at the BBC as an assistant on drama serials such as ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Eastenders’ before making her first documentary for Channel 4 while driving from London to Johannesburg. After directing a number of comedy dramas for BBC Education, she 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 has organised five challenge rides in Southern Africa where she was based for twelve years, working as a wildlife artist, cartographer and horse safari guide.


The Lutterworth Press bring you an interview with Sophie Neville here

email: sophie@sophieneville.co.uk

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