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Sophie Neville, Non-fiction (Memoirs and True Stories) Writer

Sophie Neville

The Making of Swallows & Amazons: read a sample chapter (pdf)
Sophie Neville recently appeared on CBBC's new TV show 'Cinemaniacs' to promote her book, The Making of Swallows & Amazons published by Classic TV Press. After acting in films as a child, Sophie forged a career in television production at the BBC, writing a number of the dramas and documentaries that she produced.

The story of an abrupt change in her life is told in Funnily Enough, a Christian testimony that became a bestseller on Kindle reaching #1 in Humour on Amazon UK sales and #2 in all categories of the Amazon UK free Kindle chart. In 2013 this inspirational story won her third prize in the International Rubery Book Award and was serialised in iBelieve, the national Christian magazine alongside Nicky Gumbel and Joyce Meyer. The sequel, Ride the Wings of Morning, tells of her escapades in southern Africa while working as a wildlife artist and freelancing for the BBC. Her ebook, The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons, which attracted unprecedented press coverage in The Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail, has been in the Top 20 for Kindle 'Stage and Theatre' since it came out in November 2013.

A volunteer speaker for Bible Society, Sophie also gives talks on the film Swallows & Amazons in which she played Titty. In 2015 she will be speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, a number of cinema screenings and various literary weekends. She lives on the south coast with her husband Simon and her dog Flint.

Specialist Interests
Horse Safaris and long distance riding
Traditional boats and rowing
Bible Society and overseas mission

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Available for...
Cinema Screenings
Book readings
Book signings
Church visits
Radio interviews

Hampshire, UK

checkbox Association of Christian Writers
checkboxArthur Ransome Society (President)
checkboxBiographer's Club
checkboxEndangered Wildlife Trust (Fellow)
checkboxThe Draper's Company

BA Hons Dunelm Anthropology
YWAM Crossroads DTS
Curtis Brown Novel Writing Course

Books in Print

The Making of Swallows & Amazons: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Film The Making of Swallows & Amazons: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Film
ISBN: 9780956100092 (Paperback)
Classic TV Press, 2014
Trade supply via Gardners
Funnily Enough Funnily Enough
ISBN: 9781466213487 (Paperback)
Createspace, 2011
Ride the Wings of Morning: Letters to and from Africa Ride the Wings of Morning: Letters to and from Africa
ISBN: 9781475244472 (Paperback)
Createspace, 2012

eBooks Published

The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons
Ashton House Publishing, 2014
This is the eBook of The Making of Swallows & Amazons: other eBook formats are available via Smashwords
Funnily Enough and Ride the Wings of Morning are also available as eBooks: visit Sophie's Smashwords Author Page for details.

Books Planned
Makorongo's War: based on a true story set in Tanzania, Burma and Japan 1913 to 1945.
Life on an African Farm: the true story of a family living in South Africa 1897 to 1997.

Other Writing Published
Articles in Country Life and Cotswold Life magazines, with book extracts published in iBelieve magazine.

Pieces published in the Daily Mail, Westmorland Gazette, Lymington Times, various local newspapers, literary society journals and church magazines.
Ride the Wings of Morning
Amazon Customer Reviews
Seeing the light side of Africa: Church Times, Feb 2013
For more reviews, see
The Making of Swallows & Amazons
Amazon Customer Reviews
The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons
Amazon Customer Reviews
Book Review — June 2014 — Sallie Eden

Third prize for Funnily Enough in the International Rubery Book Award 2013.

There's more...
Amazon Author Page
IMDb Profile
Lulu Author Spotlight
Roseland Online: Interviews and Reviews
Smashwords Author Page

Sophie talks about her book on the DVD Extras of the EMI film she starred in 'Swallows & Amazons': Swallows And Amazons - 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD

Sophie wrote material for the DVD Extras' package for 'Coot Club' and 'The Big Six', the BBC TV Serial she worked on: Swallows And Amazons Forever! (Coot Club & The Big Six) Special Edition DVD

Sophie has recently spoken on Premier Christian Radio, Good News Radio, CBBC's 'Cinemaniacs' and 'The Wright Stuff' - Channel 5.

Sophie is a trustee of the Waterberg Welfare Society Trust and a director of Witness Films Ltd.

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