Thursday, 9 February 2023

Launching the audiobook of 'Funnily Enough'

The audiobook of Sophie Neville's award winning book 'Funnily Enough' is now out on all the usual retail platforms.

You can listen to it on audible here:

It is also available on: 


Audiobooks Now 


Funnily Enough by Sophie Neville available on Kobo


Scribd, Inc.

Barnes & Noble

The ebook or paperback can be found for sale on all the usual online platforms including Amazon here.

Each audiobook store should also have a copy of 'The Making of Swallows and Amazons' by Sophie Neville. You can listen to a sample here on the audiobookstore, Barnes and NobleDownpour 

The paperback is also available online:

Sunday, 11 December 2022

Author Sophie Neville has been shortlisted in three writing competitions and wins the Eyelands Book Award for an unpublished historical novel.


Author Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville currently has an unpublished novel 'in the running for the shortlist' of the Chanticleer Hemmingway Award for a wartime story in the USA. It did well in ACFW's First Impressions writing contest, reaching the semifinals in the Historical category.

The sequel has been shortlisted by Flash 500's Novel Opening Competition, by Fiction Factory, and the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2022. 

It has been highly ranked by Launch Pad in the USA, and won the Eyelands Book Awards for an unpublished historical novel on 30th December 2022, which was exciting.

For updates and more information, please see

Saturday, 22 October 2022

An answer to prayer

But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony
Luke 21 v 30 NKJV 

I was single for a long time - which can be quite a grief. When I reached the age of about thirty-severn, I needed to decide where I should live so asked the Lord, ‘Will I have children?’ I didn’t hear a loud voice but was amazed to receive four words as if they had been spoken: ‘You will have grandchildren.' 

In 2004, at the age of forty-three, I was at an archery tournament, fed up with being single, when I prayed a really grumpy sort of prayer along the lines of, ‘Why can’t I marry that nice man over there?’ After about five seconds, he strode over, asked my father something, then put an arm around my shoulders. Four months later we walked down the aisle. I had never married or had children, but he was a widower, so I inherited his three. I now have five grandchildren. The twin boys and their parents came to live with us for nine months over Lockdown, which was wonderful.

Sophie Neville with the grandchildren

Friday, 16 September 2022

Funnily Enough is being recorded as an audiobook

   You restored me to health 
and let me live. 
Surely it was for my benefit 
that I suffered such anguish.
In your love you kept me
   from the pit of destruction;
you have put all my sins
   behind your back.
Isaiah 38

The good news is that 'Funnily Enough' will soon be available as an audiobook. I was recovering from a chest infection when we began narrating it and got a bit croaky but the recording will continue this month at Monkeynut Studios in Hampshire who produce Christian audiobooks. 
It will soon be available on all the usual retail platforms.

 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40 28-41

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Launching the 2nd Edition of 'Funnily Enough' by Sophie Neville


In 1991, after collapsing while directing a comedy in London, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and sent home to my family by the BBC doctor. He told me to keep a dairy. 

Twenty-one years later, a self-published version of this true story became a bestseller on Amazon reaching No 1 in Humour on Kindle. It won a literary award, was hailed by the Daily Mail and serialized in iBelieve magazine.

A few year later, Jilly Cooper gave me an endorsement:

'This charming, funny, beautifully illustrated book would make anyone feel better.'

I have recently brought out a 2nd edition with additional illustrations. It makes light, holiday reading.

Since my condition was triggered by Asian 'flu, I'm tentatively hoping it will help those suffering from symptoms of long Covid  

or anyone in need of an uplifting story with a happy ending.

'Funnily Enough'

paperback or Kindle copies from ~ 

ebook £2.23
with colour illustrations, also available from Kobo ~ Smashwords ~ iTunes Books ~ Nook/Barnes&Noble

If you have an ebook of the first edition, you should be able to reload it free of charge

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Author Sophie Neville has been longlisted for The Virginia Prize for Fiction, 2022


One of Sophie Neville's unpublished historical novels has been longlisted for The Virginia Prize for Fiction with seven other writers.  The bi-annual literary competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, so it has been a great honour to be included.

Sophie Neville

The competition is hosted by the award-winning publisher Aurora Metro Books who list Virginia Woolf along with their other ground-breaking writers such as Germaine Greer, Benjamin Zephaniah, Meera Syal, Sarah Waters, Kit de Waal, Philippa Gregory, AS Byatt, Claire Tomalin, Suchen Christine Lim and Jean-Claude Carriere.

'A Girl Called Redemption' is about a bright Tanganyikan girl who finds unexpected humour working as a cook on the tropical island of Zanzibar in the heady days leading up to Christmas 1963. The plot twists like the alleyways of Stone Town as revolution and the threat of conjugal slavery separate her from the man she grows to love. 

To read more about Sophie, please see her website here