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Sophie Neville on ITV News 2017

Sophie Neville’s work in progress, ‘Makorongo’s War’, won the Athanatos Writing Contest in the USA, and was long-listed for the Historical Novel Society’s First Novel Award and was a finalist in the Eyelands Book Awards for an unpublished novel.

Sophie has been awarded a writer’s residency on Crete to work on her new novel ‘Makorongo and Co’.

‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ in being marketed in conjunction with the musical adaptation of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ at the Theatre Royal, York, with a blog tour of its own. 

Blog Tour for 'The Making of Swallows and Amazons' by Sophie Neville

Julian Clegg and Nick Horn have been speaking to Sophie on BBC Radio Solent about The Great British Spring Clean

Julian Clegg BBC Radio Solent

a project covered by the Daily Mail

SophieNeville in the Daily Maill 2019

Sophie has also been appearing in a number of newspapers

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to help advertise the Essex Book Festival 2019

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She has been contributing the Westmorland Gazette’s Podium column:

Meaning of Christmas by Sophie Neville

writing for other publications to gain publicity for The Waterberg Trust

Sophie Neville in the Drapers' Journal 2018

and The Tavistock Festival, while preparing for the Essex Book Festival in March 2019.

David Webb‘s new DVD on ‘Walton’s Secret Backwaters’ presented by Chris Opperman features an interview with Sophie in her role as President of The Arthur Ransome Society and includes the cover of her book on ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’. The DVD can be purchased here.

Sophie Neville, President of The Arthur Ransome Society

Sophie’s talk at the Alhambra Cinema in Keswick attracted press coverage for the Keswick Convention. She has been writing for The Westmorland Gazette and has a Christmas article about her chapter in ACW’s new book ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.

She is often invited to speak on BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Cumbria while her public appearances have been discussed on other stations this year.

The second edition of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)’ has been regularly featured in magazines and newspapers

La Plume 2018 page one

6-page article in La Plume was published in the Netherlands

La Plume 2018 page 2

-News from 2017-

Feature article in the December issue of Living magazine

Article on how to find Swallows and Amazons locations

~ Sophie Neville profiled in Country Life magazine~

with a Podium column The Westmorland Gazette.

Sophie Neville photo Westmorland Gazette

The Westmorland Gazette and Cumbria Magazine have both run features and book reviews

Cumbria magazine June 2017

News coverage of the marathon reading of ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’ attracted extensive with coverage on BBC News, BBC Radio Suffolk, and ITV local News when Griff Rhys Jones and Sophie Neville were both interviewed.

Nancy Blackett in Classic Sailor

A 6-page feature in Classic Sailor magazine.

Sophie Neville with Nancy Blackett

News of the Marathon Reading of Swallows and Amazons in the Mail with photos in the Westmorland Gazette

Sophie Neville at Coniston with the Rushton Girls - Hannah 10 Megan 8 and Imogen 6

and a feature in North West News and Features, The Mail, Go Lakes, Head for the Hills, Cumbria Life, Cumbria Crack, the Westmorland Gazette

Sophie Neville at the Marathon Read of 'Swallows and Amazons' with Caz Graham and her daughter Lucywho also read chapters

Sophie Neville with Radio 4’s reporter Caz Graham

Sophie Neville being interviewed on BBC Radio

There were broadcasts on Lakeland Radio NewsThe Bay Radio News with top billing for Sophie Neville on BBC Radio Cumbria, which you can listen to here (start at 48.00)

Sophie Neville returns to the Lakes

News of Sophie’s books has also been covered by other regions:

Funnily Enough on the front page of the Tavistock Times and Gazette

‘Funnily Enough’ on the front cover of the Tavistock Times Gazette

-News from 2016-

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Sophie Neville with Alastair Fothergill and Juliet Maddan fundraising for The Waterberg Trust profiled in the Northern Echo and other regional newspapers

Swallows and Amazons film poster

The 1974 film of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ broadcast in Australia

Westmoreland Gazette – November

Lymington Times – October

East Anglian Daily Times – October

Speaking on Premier Radio – August

BBC South Today – on BBC iPlayer at 21.05

Sophie Neville with Sarah Farmer and Seren Hawkes

The Times Diary – August

Czech News Agency quoting Sophie Nevillova:

“Je třeba brát neustále v úvahu, že Vlaštovky jsou fiktivní hrdinové,” zdůrazňuje Sophie Nevillová, předsedkyně Společnosti Arthura Ransoma. “Ano, vycházejí z Altounyanových dětí, ale Ransome chtěl, aby se s nimi mohlo ztotožnit každé dítě.”

BBC Radio Leeds with Richard Stead – August

Sophie’s book trailer published in the Mail Online – August & July

Telegraph feature by Virginia McKenna – August

BBC News Online – August

The Daily Telegraph – August

Sophie Neville for the Telegraph

The Mail on Sunday – Event

– ITV News at Ten –

repeated on NZ News

News at Ten talk to Sophie Neville about bringing the dream of Swallows and Amazons within reach of children today. ‘Wednesday Junior Sailing was in full swing, so we had about 80 kids learning to sail. I took ITV reporter Nina Nannar sailing in a small scow, rigged much like ‘Swallow’.
Click here to watch the report by by Nina Nannar on ITV News
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Sophie at the helm

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Speaking on Saturday Breakfast Show  BBC Radio Suffolk

Speaking to Mike Zeller on BBC Radio Cumbria

News article in the Ipswich Star 25th July

Feature article in Weekend edition of East Anglian Daily Times

Weekend feature

The Mail Online in The Guardian, the Express ,the Sunday Telegraph, the Independent and Lancashire Life

TITTY WALKER - Swallows and Amazons

A quote on BBC TV’s ‘Have I Got A Bit More News for You’, interviews on BBC Radio Cumbria and in the Telegraph please click here

“Would  I be remembered as an intrepid child?” Saturday Telegraph

Author Sophie Neville in Bedford Times and Citizen and Radio BigglesFM

Appearing in the classic movie ‘Swallows & Amazons’ on ITV3 over Christmas

Sophie Neville at the Riverside cinema Woodbridge

– 2015 –

Q&A at a cinema screening of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ featured in the Ipswich Star

The Mail Online published the book trailer for ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’ 

Telegraph interviewed Sophie Neville and the official movie trailer was in the Express

Speaking to Dan Damon on BBC Radio 4 + World Update

Sophie Neville Radio 4

live radio interviews on

BBC Radio Tees and BBC Radio Cumbria – (click here: it’s at 49.50)

Telegraph On-line as discussed on Sky TV – twice

and by Anne Diamond on The Wright Stuff

The Times Diary (TMS) on 6th July

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and Pick of The Week:

The Week - 4th July 2015

All after this interview in the Telegraph was syndicated nationwide

Daily Telegraph - 25th July 2015

The Trailer for the book ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ included in the Mail Online

Daily Mail 25th July

The Irish Examiner , Breaking News in Ireland and The Times on Saturday

Times - 26th July 2015

A photograph in the  Telegraph View

a comment in the Daily Telegraph editorial

a photograph in the Independent

articles in the Daily Express

The Guardian – rated ‘Top Entertainment Story’ by Google

A piece in the Argus

Yahoo News

BT News

Radio Times

The News and Star

News and Star

A photographic article in the Westmorland Gazette

Westmorland Gazette

Lancashire Telegraph

Daily Echo

articles in about 34 other newspapers

including Smallholder

with letters in the TelegraphGuardian and Times

CBBC TV’s new show Cinemaniacs

Sophie Neville with 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons'

The Wright Stuff ~ Channel 5

Sophie Neville promoting her book

Cotswold Life profiled Sophie in their November and December issues

Sophie Neville at the Cotswold Life Author's lunch - photoTWM

A photograph from the film in the Times Saturday Review

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Excitement about the 40th Anniversary cinema screenings of Swallows & Amazons (U) spawned pictorials in the Westmorland Gazette weekend feature

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The Bolton News, and The Lady with a Daily Mail Weekend magazine feature on Virginia McKenna

Cumbria Live picked up on the news, as did BBC Radio Cumbria and Lakeland Radio.

Westmorland Gazette 2014

Westmorland Gazette 2014 with a feature article and The Lymington Times reviewed the book. There were numerous on-line reviews of StudioCanal’s 40th Anniversary release of the restored Blu-ray and DVD with bonus material as well as posts such as this one on Flickering Myth.

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The cover appeared in The Sunday Observer magazine and the Telegraph Magazine, while Sophie wrote a piece for a page in Country Life:

The Making of Swallows & Amazons featured in Country Life

Country Life ~ 2014

The Making of Swallows & Amazons has also been featured in the magazine Yours:

The Making of Swallows & Amazons in Yours

Media attention received by the publication of the ebook on The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons was considerable. The day after an article appeared in Richard Kay’s column in the Daily Mail, Hayley Dixon ran a feature with colour photographs and the book trailer in the Telegraph, Culture- Books section

The Sunday Telegraph Seven magazine rang to ask for exclusivity on extracts. The next day The Times published this half-page article in their Saturday issue:

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There was another article in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday:

Saturday Telegraph Nov 23rd 2013

It was followed by features in local newspapers:

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Lutterworth and Rugby Observer and The Rugby Advertiser ran news features.

The Arthur Ransome Society magazines Mixed Moss, Signals and The Outlaw published articles and reviews. Reviews on-line are said to reach millions.

There was even more of a buzz in Cumbria Live and Hastings Online Times while Richard Kay ran a second movie-story from Sophie Neville:

Richard Kay's column in Daily Mail Weds 18th Dec

Local newspaper articles led to sales:

Lymington Times 4th Jan 2014

Classic Boat magazine had a book review in their February issue.

Classic Boat Feb 2014 Review

Country Life ~ 20th August 2014

iBelieve, the Christian lifestyle magazine, published eleven double-page extracts from ‘Funnily Enough’ .

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Sophie Neville as profiled in the October 2012 edition of Cotswold Life
From this season’s issue of The Bible Society’s ‘Word in Action’
A book review of 'Ride the Wings of Morning' by Sophie Neville
News pages ~ August 2012

Richard Kay's page in the Daily Mail

Bestselling Author Sophie Neville's write-up on Richard Kay's page in Daily Mail