JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser.

You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Click here for instructions on enabling javascript in your browser.

The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)

By Sophie Neville

The Making of <em>Swallows and Amazons</em> (1974)

The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)

By Sophie Neville

A thoroughly engaging memoir of the filming of Arthur Ransome's classic children's tale, written by the actress who played Titty Walker.

Trade Information: LGENPOD
Available as: Paperback, PDF

  • Share:
  • Share this title on Twitter
  • Share this title on Facebook
  • Share this title on Google+
New Title

Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780718894962

Specifications: 234x156mm, 266pp, b&w illustrations

Published: May 2017

£15.00
New Title

PDF eBook

ISBN: 9780718845896

Specifications: 267pp, b&w illustrations

Published: May 2017

£11.50 + VAT

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.

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

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.

Sophie has reminded me of one of the happiest times I ever spent on a film. The fun that was had, the friendships forged, the challenges overcome, are all delightfully recalled with a freshness and sense of adventure that has made me smile all over again. Virginia McKenna OBE, 'Mrs Walker' in Swallows & Amazons
Amazing. It brought so much that I had forgotten flooding back. Thank you! My father will love it, too. Simon West, 'Captain John' in Swallows & Amazons
Looking at your pictures, I relive all the thrills, wearing the costumes, the people and the lovely carefree, but caring, atmosphere. Extraordinary, extraordinary how it all comes back. Suzanna Hamilton, 'Mate Susan' in Swallows & Amazons
Sophie brings to life all the many memorable characters who worked on the film and in particular the other children, the Director Claude Whatham who developed a great relationship with his young cast and the stars Virginia McKenna and Ronald Fraser. ... The result is compulsive reading as she recalls that cold wet summer, while the camera crew wrapped up warm and she shivered in her skimpy dress as Able Seaman Titty Walker. Roger Wardale, biographer of Arthur Ransome

Related Titles

Swallows, Amazons and Coots
Swallows, Amazons and Coots
By Julian Lovelock
£20.00

Customers who bought this title also purchased

Forerunners of the Reformation
Forerunners of the Reformation
By Heiko A. Oberman
£27.00
Hogarth
Hogarth (Vol 1)
By Ronald Paulson
£55.25
Handbook of Cubik Math
Handbook of Cubik Math
By Alexander H. Frey Jr and David Singmaster
£16.50
Eric Ravilious
Eric Ravilious
By Helen Binyon
£29.75
Mysterium Magnum
Mysterium Magnum (Set)
By Jacob Boehme
£43.25
Anglicanism
Anglicanism
By Paul Elmer More and Frank Leslie Cross (editors)
£32.75