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9780718894962_cover Amazons.indd‘Forty years after she enchanted film-goers as Titty in Swallows and Amazons, Sophie Neville has found a new audience… telling the behind-the-scenes secrets of the film of Arthur Ransome’s classic novel.’ The Daily Mail  The Making Swallows & Amazons  ‘…is based on diaries, letters and old photographs which Sophie has turned into a heart-warming account of making the movie, which starred Virginia McKenna and Ronald Fraser and was set in the Lake District.’

‘The occasional chaos and terrible weather during filming contributed to the eventual popularity of the extraordinary and very much loved film.’ The Times

‘The film Swallows & Amazons is 40 years old, but thanks to its careful period evocation, its respect for Arthur Ransome’s original book and the performances of its child actors, it’s become a timeless classic. One of those children was Sophie Neville, who played Titty, and who kept a diary during the filming. That diary, with her adult recollections, is this book. It’s a fascinating insight into filming on location in the Lake District… Classic Boat

Available as a 252 page paperback, with balck and white photos and colour plates, suitable for all ages.


Now available from The Lutterworth Press

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front-cover-1974“Sometimes extraordinary things do happen to ordinary people. Little girls can find themselves becoming film stars. Long ago, and quite unexpectedly, I found myself appearing in the EMI feature film of Arthur Ransome’s book Swallows and Amazons, made for a universal international audience. I played Able-seaman Titty, one of the four Swallows. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I became Titty for a while, wearing thin cotton dresses and elasticated navy blue gym knickers, which the camera crew soon referred to as passion killers. The book was written in 1929 and although the film adaptation was made in the early 1970s it had an ageless quality and has been repeated on television year after year.

“I could not put it down! …I think the maps are brilliant, right in character….IT’S LOVELY!!!” Roger Wardale, biographer of Arthur Ransome

“A “treasure trunk” of insights into the making of the film.” Arthur Ransome Trust

“I enjoyed the book so much, I read it twice!” Peter Wright of The Arthur Ransome Society Literary Weekend.

“…a charming and detailed insight from a child’s perspective with charming and detailed  hindsight from a grown-up perspective.” StageyLady

“I’m… full of admiration for Sophie and her mother for keeping such good records at the time.”  Julia Jones, Author “Your collection is quite amazing!”

“You write so well and have so much covered. I really really laugh reading this!  The missionary bit is superb. Moving. Quietly so.” Suzanna Hamilton, Actress who played Mate Susan in SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (1974)

Available as a colour illustrated e-book from  iTunes Nook/Barnes&Noble and  Smashwords 



Funnily Enough by Sophie Neville - International Rubery Book Award 2013

Amidst the glamorous world of television production – working on some of the BBC’s most exciting programmes – Sophie is torn between her love of Africa and returning to England for the sake of her career. But when she falls ill on the set of a show she is directing, she soon finds herself stuck in bed, forced to take stock of her life.

It sounds like a novel. But it isn’t.

Suspecting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sophie’s doctor at the BBC prescribes an extraordinary treatment: write a diary.

Although her family, friends, dogs and otters tended to get in the way, Sophie took a small box of watercolours, and set out to record a spiritual journey, which proves at times funny, poignant and uplifting.

'Funnily Enough' on Kindle Edition
“Our readers and judges thoroughly enjoyed your book. It was agreed among all the judges that you write with great style and insight and are a worthy winner.” The International Rubery Book Award 2013

“This charming, funny, beautifully illustrated book would make anyone feel better.” Jilly Cooper, Author

“…all plaudits to you for trying to describe and find humour in your darkest hour.” Clare Francis, Author

Available in colour illustrated e-book (e-book ISBN: 9781466053922) from:

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Available in colour illustrated e-book (e-book ISBN: 9781466053922 or Kindle ASIN: B005CRVG2C) and b/w illustrated paperback (paperback ISBN-10: 1466213485 and ISBN-13: 978-1466213487) from: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

B/w illustrated paperback also available from:

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And in b/w illustrated hardcover from:

Prices vary by region depending on exchange rate ~ e-book price base USD $2.99, paperback from UKP £7.99



Ride the Wings of Morning by Sophie NevilleA conventional English girl arrived in South Africa to help a friend run horseback safaris on a game reserve in the Northern Transvaal. It was 1992. There were yellow road signs declaring ‘Dit is die Volkstaat’.

Sophie had heard of ‘biltong’ but knew nothing of Afrikaans culture. She was aware of poachers, but not of the danger of sausage trees. Nor how to cook a gemsquash on the campfire without causing an explosion. She understood there were rhino on the reserve, but not that she would end up working as the safari guide. In the dark. On a stallion. Lost. With completely innocent tourists on other horses.

Armed only with a paintbrush, she set off on various adventures into the wilderness, to illustrate the beauty, diversity and warmth of the great continent. This upbeat true story, the sequel to her book ‘Funnily Enough’, is told through correspondence sent back and forth between Sophie Neville and her family in England.

“Enormously amusing.” Nick Archer.

‘Real life jumps off the page with such warmth and energy I couldn’t put it down.’ Fiona Lindsay.

Available in colour illustrated e-book (e-book ISBN: 9781301388622) from:

Kobo ~ Smashwords ~ iTunes Books

Available in colour illustrated e-book (e-book ISBN: 9781301388622 or Kindle ASIN: B007RONM52) and b/w illustrated paperback (paperback ISBN-10: 1475244479 and ISBN-13: 978-1475244472) from:

Nook/Barnes&Noble ~  ~ ~ ~ ~  Amazon Brazil ~

B/w illustrated paperbacks also available from: The Book Depository ~ ~

And in b/w illustrated hardcover from:

Prices vary by region depending on exchange rate ~ e-book price base USD $3.99, paperback from UKP £9.99

Sophie Neville has a short piece in this anthology for Christmas 2018

-Sophie has a short piece in this anthology for Christmas 2018, available in paperback and on Kindle

“But I don’t have a Kindle!”

Don’t worry.

All the official Kindle reading apps are free, directly from your regional Amazon site. You can easily add a free Kindle reader app to your PC, laptop, Android, or Apple i-device to see the illustrations and play the video clips in colour:


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If you live in the USA, or elsewhere in the world ~ Click here
– selecting which device you want to download the app to.



DSCF1695Suspecting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sophie’s doctor at the BBC prescribed an extraordinary treatment: write a diary. Although her family, friends, dogs and otters tended to get in the way, she  found an old set of watercolours and set out to record her journey back to health.

This abridged version, comprised of humorous anecdotes, colour illustrations plus pen-and-ink drawings, is designed specifically to cheer up those currently in the doldrums of ill health.

Colour illustrated hardcover exclusive to worldwide


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