A First Edition of ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons (1974)’ – signed by the author – is being auctioned in aid of BBC Children in Need

Sophie Neville author of 'The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons (1974)'

Bidding is mounting for a hardback first edition copy of ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons (1974)’, signed for you by the author and brought to your door by Royal Mail (UK p&p is paid for).

Bidding started at £5

All money from the winning bid will be sent as a donation direct to BBC Children in Need – under the auspices of ‘Children in Read’ using the Jumblebee auction site where this illustrated book is listed under the categories, ‘Autobiography’ and ‘Film & Television’.

If you wish to place a bid, please click here

To read a free sample of the first section of the 2nd edition – available as an ebook  – click here – then click on ‘Look inside’.

To read reviews on the 2nd edition of this book, please click here

To see more on the second edition of the ebook – click here

‘highly amusing and thoroughly enjoyable’ David Butters

The bidding currently stands at £101

I’ve already pledged to include a signed copy of the 2nd edition, entitled ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)’, published by The Lutterworth Press. This contains colour plates with more photos and additional stories that flowed down from the Lake District after the first edition came out. I’m also including a hardback First Edition of my memoir ‘Funnily Enough’, which has a bit on ‘Swallows and Amazons’.

If it goes any higher, I’ll include a signed copy of ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’, which has noting about the making of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ but is all about living out the adventurous outdoor lifestyle advocated by Arthur Ransome.

'The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)'

For other books being auctioned under the category Autobiography/Biography, including ‘The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit’ by Eleanor Fitzsimons, Robby Fowler’s ‘My life in Football’ and ‘The Reacher Guy – a biography of Lee Child’ by Heather Martin please click here

Being a filmography, ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’ has also been listed under the category, ‘Film & Television’, where is sits alongside the bestsellers, ‘Killing Eve’ by Luke Jennings and ‘Kay’s Anatomy’ by Adam Kay, which you can see by clicking here.

Screen shot taken from the Children in Read Auction 2020 in aid of BBC Children in Need

So far, this auction of books has already raised over £11,000 for BBC Children in Need, which is fantastic. The auction is open until Friday 13th November. Do follow this virtual event on Twitter @ChildreninRead

If you are an author or illustrator and would like to take part in the auction by donating a signed book, please contact Paddy Heron at Children in Read: childreninread@yahoo.com