The Meakin Diaries

 I also enjoy writing and had my first book, ‘The Meakin Diaries’ published in July 2014  the second edition was released on 30th June 2016, to coincide with the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme which was on 1st July 2016. The book feature the diaries of Frank Meakin, my Husband’s Grandfather who fought for the Sheffield City Battalion in World War 1. His diaries were made into a programme by the ‘Discovery Channel’ in a programme called ‘ The Somme, the First 24 Hours with Tony Robinson’  produced by Dragonshead Productions. The programme centres around Frank and features Sir Tony who interviews me about Frank and his diaries and an actor actually plays the part of Frank – simply incredible!


Meakin Diaries Second Edition

Tony Robinson has also wrote a foreword for my book where he says:

‘The Meakin Diaries are an honest, unpretentious account of one young, Sheffield man’s journey to the Battle of the Somme, and the lovely Penny Meakin, with whom I spent a fascinating afternoon filming, has done a tremendous job bringing them to life for the general reader.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in the First World War and those who fought in it.’

The Meakin Diaries are available in both paperback (10.99) and hardback (£16.99) from Austin Macauley, Amazon, W H Smith, Waterstones and any other well known book sellers.


I am currently writing a ‘fly on the wall’ comedy, based on the many experiences at a small rural College. The names have been changed to protect the innocent and maybe the guilty and who knows, this might make the TV too ……………