Published work and literary awards

Sophie’s work in progress, an historical novel set on Zanzibar, has just been shortlisted in the Fiction Factory First Chapter competition.


It won 3rd Prize in the I AM WRITING ROMANCE COMPETITION judged by Kate Nash Literary Agency on its commercial potential

Screen Shot 2022-06-16 at 11.17.36 AMand was short-listed for the Eyelands Book Awards, 2021 for unpublished historical fiction, and in the  Virginia Prize for Fiction 2022

The Virginia Prize for Fiction 2022

Another manuscript is currently in the Writing Awards Finals of the Page Turner Awards 2022

Page Turner Awards

It was Long-listed by the Exeter Novel Prize, 2021

Exeter Novel Prize

Won the Athanatos Grand Prize for Novel Writing, 2017

Athanatos Christian Writing Contest Winners

Won A Woman’s Write 2019 for an unpublished novel

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Won the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 prize for unpublished historical fiction

Eyelands International Book Awards

Sophie’s historical novels are being highly ranked in a prose competition in the USA reaching #8 and #5 in The Red List:

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It reached the Finals of the Page Turner Awards, 2021

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Long-listed in Adventure in Fiction’s New Voices First Novel Award, 2021

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Semi-finalist in The Eludia Award, 2021 in the USA

Eludia Award

3rd Prize for Association of Christian Writers Novel Competition, 2020


Long-listed for the Historical Novel Society award for First Novel

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Long-listed for Retreat West’s First Chapter Competition, 2022 with two novels


Long-listed for Roadmap’s Write Start novel competition in the USA, 2021

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Long-listed by Flash 500Novel Opening competition, 2021


Semi-finalist, ACFW Genesis literary contest in the USA, 2021

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Reached the Top 50 of Launch Pad’s Prose Writing Competition 2022 in the USA.

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Winner of a Three Writer’s Resort Residency 2019

Three Writer's Resort Residency

THIRD PRIZE – International Rubery Book Award

Funnily Enough by Sophie Neville - International Rubery Book Award 2013

Published Works

'The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) by Sophie Neville'
Different editions of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) by Sophie Neville’

Coming soon! The audiobook of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’

Sophie Neville signing books in Waterstones

‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’ first published by classic TV Press, 2014, 2nd  edition published The Lutterworth Press, 2017


‘The secrets of filming ‘Swallows and Amazons(1974) ‘ self-published, 2nd edition 2016

The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons

‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ self-published, Ashton House Publishing, 2012


‘Funnily Enough’ self-published, Ashton House Publishing, 2011

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‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ an anthology published by ACW, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone

Foreword to ‘An A-Z: Cumbria and the Lake District on Film’ published by Hayloft Publishing, nominated for The Lakeland Book of the Year Award, 2017

A-Z Cover image

Foreword to ‘Swallowdale’ by Arthur Ransome published by Albatros Media, Czech Republic, 2016

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Foreword to ‘Swallows, Amazons and Coots’ by Julian Lovelock, published by The Lutterworth Press, 2016


Foreword to ‘Boats Yet Sailing’ by Trevor Boult published by Lily Publishing


Out 9th October 2021: One of 50 authors contributing a chapter to ‘Write Well’ (pub by Instant Apostle, 2021)

Write Well cover

Coming soon: Covid Reflections – an pandemic anthology, 2021

Covid Reflections

Coming: ‘The Making of Coot Club and The Big Six’

Coming: ‘The Bitter Enders – Life on an African Farm’

‘The secrets of filming Swallows and Amazons Forever!’ DVD Extras, for Revelation Film, 2014

Swallows and Amazons Forever

Articles in Daily TelegraphCountry Life, Cotswold Life, Classic Sailor, LivingiBelieveWord in Action, Westmorland Gazette, Lymington Times and other newspapers

‘Makorongo’s War’ the true story a screenplay commissioned by Dashwood Films


INSET series of 3 x 30 min episodes for BBC Education TV

‘Boys About Girls: Girls About Boys’ for BBC Schools TV

‘Just Mum, My Sister and Me’ for BBC Schools TV

‘The Way People Talk’ for BBC Schools TV

‘Crazes’ for the series ‘Tutorial Topics’ for BBC Schools TV

Sophie Neville at Curious Arts Festival photo George Ping
Signing books at the Curious Arts Festival 2015 photo: George Ping

Edited ‘Through the Dragon’s Eye’ Look and Read publication for BBC Books: a storybook with educational notes that sold over 200,000 copies

Produced ‘Through the Dragon’s Eye’ audiobook for BBC Books.

Through the Dragon's Eye

Research: ‘Bluebell’ the authorized biography of Margaret Kelly by George Perry for BBC Books


Research: ‘Dawn to Dusk: on Safari’ by Jonathan Scott for BBC Books

Dawn to Dusk with Jonathan Scott

Picture Research: The illustrated ‘My Family and Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell for Guild Publishing and Grafton Books

My Family and Other Animals

Visual contribution: ‘The Dinghy Cruising Companion’ by Roger Barnes

The Dinghy Cruising Companion

Visual contribution: ‘Remembering Tenko’ ebook by Andy Priestner


President of The Arthur Ransome Society 2014-2019
Member of ACW – Association of Christian Writers
Christian Writers’ Directory

Appearances on the cover of other books and DVDs:


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