The press release for my book went out on Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Dreams of Death: Searing Novel Exposes True Plight of Mental Illness & Mental Health System.


Written by Lynda Anning and drawing on her own life experiences, ‘Dreams of Death: A Story of Mental Illness’ gives readers a rare look into not only mental illness, but the ‘broken’ healthcare system that claims to support victims. Whilst fiction, Anning’s compelling narrative serves as a vital wakeup call to those working in the mental health arena.


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United Kingdom – From the outside, the United Kingdom claims to have one of the world’s best and most supportive mental health treatment initiatives. However, to those using it, the system often lacks the professionalism and compassion it tries so hard to boast.

This is a side of the healthcare system that few experience. However, a powerful and important new novel by Lynda Anning fuses her own experiences with fiction to openly expose the truth of mental illness and the holes in its support system.

‘Dreams of Death: A Story of Mental Illness’ is an important read for sufferers, those in the healthcare industry or anyone wanting a rare glimpse into the life of those battling some of the world’s most misunderstood conditions.




This is a short general fiction novel. It draws on my own experiences of mental illness and the mental health system and the experiences of people I have met. Names of characters and locations are fictional. When Neil loses everything he values most in life he has a mental breakdown that precipitates a journey through mental illness and the mental health system. Elizabeth is an outgoing, independent career woman who finds herself confined to her home and isolated by agoraphobia. Lyndsay is a schoolgirl mother who ends up teetering on the brink of anorexia. And Katharine is a single parent student struggling with depression. Will any of them manage to regain a better quality of life?

“I wanted to show people what it’s really like,” says Anning. “Whilst a lot of the narrative tells the story of sufferers, its underlying message is one of a severely broken mental healthcare system that’s in dire need of repair.”

The response from readers has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The way you describe the mental health services the severity of the treatment, the lack of compassion (and downright unprofessional manner) of the staff is a probing negative portrayal; which could shake a few professionals into examining their attitude and behaviour with clients. It’s sadly pretty spot on from what I have seen and experienced,” says Niki Mcbain.

Kimberley Sandford adds, “I think it offers a really good insight into the world of mental health issues and peoples’ perspectives of it and I really like how there are different characters with their own stories who are connected to each other.  My Mum has been reading it too and has also found it a compelling read.”

‘Dreams of Death: A Story of Mental Illness’ is available now: It can also be purchased directly from the publisher in paperback and eBook formats.






About lyndaanning

born in leith, near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961. i have one son Peter, born 1978. I am the author of Dreams of Death, a short general fiction novel published by Chipmunkapublishing.
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