Author Sophie Neville talking about 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons' at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, September 2014

Author Sophie Neville talking about 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons' at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, September 2014

Sophie Neville outside the Odeon Cinema in Shaftesbury Avenue ~ once the ABC ~ where the Royal Gala Premiere of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was held in 1974

Sophie Neville outside the Odeon Cinema in Shaftesbury Avenue ~ once the ABC ~ where the Royal Gala Premiere of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was held in 1974

Suzanna Hamilton, Lesley Bennett, Sophie Neville, Kit Seymour and Simon West before their hair was cut for the filming of SWALLOWS& AMAZONS in 1973

Suzanna Hamilton, Lesley Bennett, Sophie Neville, Kit Seymour and Simon West before their hair was cut for the filming of SWALLOWS& AMAZONS in 1973

The premier of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (1974) - Sister Allyne at the ABC in Shaftsbury Avenue, London

The premier of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (1974) - Sister Allyne at the ABC in Shaftsbury Avenue, London

Sophie Neville with the flags originally made for the film 'SWALLOWS & AMAZONS' back in 1973.

Sophie Neville with the flags originally made for the film 'SWALLOWS & AMAZONS' back in 1973.

Arthur Ransome, author & Daily News reporter, in St Petersburg/Petrograd & Moscow 1913 - 1919. He met his second wife, Evgenia Shelepina, there in 1917 - she was Trotsky's private secretary at the time.

Arthur Ransome, author & Daily News reporter, in St Petersburg/Petrograd & Moscow 1913 - 1919. He met his second wife, Evgenia Shelepina, there in 1917 - she was Trotsky's private secretary at the time.

Ronald Fraser, Daphne Neville and Sophie Neville in her BOAC Life jacket on location on Derwentwater in the Lake District for the filming of Arthur Ransome's iconic book 'Swallows and Amazons' in 1973

Ronald Fraser, Daphne Neville and Sophie Neville in her BOAC Life jacket on location on Derwentwater in the Lake District for the filming of Arthur Ransome's iconic book 'Swallows and Amazons' in 1973

Deb-archery on the set of Swallows & Amazons in 1973: practicing with bows and arrows behind the unit buses. The bows were handmade from hazel saplings and string so were probably rather dangerous. I still have one.

Deb-archery on the set of Swallows & Amazons in 1973: practicing with bows and arrows behind the unit buses. The bows were handmade from hazel saplings and string so were probably rather dangerous. I still have one.

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