About the Author: Sophie Neville


Once a television director, later a horseback safari guide and wildlife artist based in Southern Africa, Sophie Neville is now back in the UK working on true life stories and fundraising for charity.


Non-fiction books for The Lutterworth Press:
The Making of Swallows & Amazons (1974) (2nd edition)
Forward to 'Swallows, Amazons and Coots' by Julian Lovelock

Books for BBC Books:
'Dawn to Dusk' ~ Series Originator
'Through the Dragon's Eye' ~ Story book and audio book producer
'Bluebell' ~ Researcher

'My Family and Other Animals' Illustrated hardback ~ Picture researcher

Non-Fiction Books for Classic TV  Press:
The Making of Swallows & Amazons

Memoirs -  Ashton House Publications:
Funnily Enough
Ride the Wings of Morning
The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons

For Albatros Media:
Forward to Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome

For Lily Publishing:
Foreword to Books Yet Sailing' by Trevor Boult

For ACW:
'Merry Christmas Everyone' - a chapter in an anthology
'Write Well - a handbook for Christian Writers' - a chapter in an anthology

For Hayloft Publishing Ltd:~
Forward to 'A to Z of Films Made in Cumbria & the Lake District' by David Banning

Articles written for The Daily Telegraph, Lymington Times, Country LifeCotswold LifeClassic Sailor, Practical Boat Owner, Christian Writer, IBelieveWord in Action, Living and specialist magazines

Literary Awards:
Winner of the Athanatos Christian Novel Writing Prize
Winner of A Woman's Write, 2019
Winner of Eyelands Book Award for an unpublished novel
3rd Prize International Rubery Book Award 2013
3rd Prize - Association of Christian Writers' novel writing competition, 2019
3rd Prize - I AM WRITING ROMANCE, 2022
Short-listed for Eyeland's Book Award for an unpublished novel, 2020 and 2021
Short-listed by Virginia Prize for Fiction, 2022
Semi-finals of the Eludia Award, 2021
Finalist - Association of Christian Fiction Writers, USA, 2021
Finalist - Page Turner Awards for writers, 2021
Longlisted - Historical Novel Society First Novel Prize
Longlisted - Roadmap's Write Start Competition, 2021
Longlisted - Adventures in Fiction New Voices first novel award, 2021
Longlisted - Retreat West's First Chapter competition, 2021 and 2022
Longlisted - Exeter Prize, 2022
Top 50 - Launch Pad Prose, 2022
Bronze medal - Wildlife Arts Society


Writing for Television ~
'INSET' x 3 episodes ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'The way people talk' ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'Boys about Girls: Girls about Boys' ~ Writer- Producer ~ BBC TV
'Crazes' ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'Just Mum, my sister and me' ~ Writer-Producer ~ BBC TV
'Out of Europe into Africa' ~ Director ~ Channel 4

Writing for Revelation Film
Text and photos for the DVD extras for 'Coot Club' & 'The Big Six'

'Thinkabout Science' x 5 episodes ~ Director ~ BBC TV
'Through the Dragon's Eye' x 10 episodes ~ Director of FX & Titles ~ BBC TV
'Dawn to Dusk on Safari' x 3 episodes ~ Originator/Researcher ~ BBC TV NHU
'Global Sunrise' - Live Watch ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV-NHU
'Blue Peter in South Africa' ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'Russell Harty's Christmas Party' ~ Researcher ~ BBC
'Russell Harty' x 9 episodes ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'The Book Show' ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'Swallows and Amazons Forever!Coot Club' x 4 episodes ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'Swallows and Amazons Forever! The Big Six' x 4 episodes ~ Researcher ~ BBC TV
'My Family and Other Animals' x 8 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Bluebell' x 8 episodes ~ Researcher/AFM ~ BBC TV
'Rockliffe's Babies' x 4 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Doctor Who? ~ Vengenace on Varos' x 2 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Rockliffe's Babies' x 4 episodes ~ Location Manager ~ BBC TV
'Charters and Caldicott' x 6 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Titus Andronicus' ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'One by One' x 8 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Eastenders' x 12 episodes ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'The Diary of Anne Frank' ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Cold Warrior' ~ AFM ~ BBC TV
'Out There' ~ Cameraman ~ SABC

Television appearances ~
Antiques Roadshow ~ Herself ~ BBC
ITV News at Ten ~ Herself ~ ITV
Look East ~ Herself ~ Anglia
News ~ Herself ~ NZ3 New Zealand
BBC South Today ~ Herself ~ BBC
'Have I got a Bir more News for You' ~ BBC
'Cinemaniacs' ~ Herself ~ CBBC TV
Loire News ~ Herself ~ France 3
'The Wright Stuff' ~ Herself ~ Channel 5
'Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners' ~ Herself ~ Channel 4
'Country Tracks' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Big Screen Britain' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Country File' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'The Village Show' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Trisha' ~ Herself ~ Anglia TV
'SC4 Ident' ~ Herself ~ SC4
'Who's Sorry Now?' ~ Herself ~ Intermedia
'Safe Sun' ~ Herself ~ MCC
'Songs of Praise' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Animal Magic' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Points West' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Nationwide' ~ Herself ~ BBC TV
'Sunday Night Thriller: Dark Secret' ~ Actress ~ LWT
'The Two Ronnies' ~ Actress ~ BBC TV
'Crossroads' ~ Actress ~ ATV
'Cider with Rosie' ~ Actress ~ BBC TV

With film clips included in:
'Film 74' ~ BBC
'Film Night' ~ BBC
'The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome' ~ BBC

Film credits ~
'Swallows & Amazons' 1974 ~ playing Titty ~ EMI
'Swallows and Amazons' DVD extras ~ Herself ~ StudioCanal
'The Copter Kids' 1976 ~ playing Liz Peters ~ CFTF

(DVDs available on Amazon):


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