In 1973 Sophie Neville was cast as Titty alongside Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser and Suzanna Hamilton in the film Swallows & Amazons. Made before the advent of digital technology, the child stars lived out Arthur Ransome's epic adventure in the great outdoors without ever seeing a script. Encouraged by her mother, Sophie Neville kept a diary about her time filming on location in the lakes and mountains of Cumbria. Bouncy and effervescent, extracts from her childhood diary are interspersed among her memories of the cast and crew as well as photographs, maps and newspaper articles, offering a child's eye view of the making of the film from development to premiere - and the aftermath.
Sophie Neville is an award-winning author and the current President of The Arthur Ransome Society. A member of the Nancy Blackett Trust, she joined forces with Sail Ransome in 2010 to buy the original Swallow from the film. Nowadays she lives with her husband on the south coast of England, where she gives talks on the making of the film and how Arthur Ransome influenced her life.
The Cast and Crew of Swallows & Amazons Introduction - Serendipity 1. Preparation for Filming 2. First Days on Film 3. On Wild Cat Island 4. The Amazons Attack 5. Away to Rio 6. Rain, Smoke and Dangerous Wild Animals 7. Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday 8. Days to Remember 9. In Houseboat Bay 10. Going to War 11. Last Days on the Lakes 12. Swallows in Egham 13. Studio Secrets 14. A Storm of Publicity 15. Reflections 16. A Journey Back in Time 17. Where Are They Now? 18. What Sophie Did Next About the Author Acknowledgments Bibliography Picture Credits