writing as Anne Sikking
song of granada
published 2014 by Collage International - also available in Spanish: Canción de Granada
The novel attracted considerable controversy in Spain, first locally as an alleged threat to the security of the Alhambra monument, and then nationally as press criticism concerning freedom of
expression became a national conversation. In fact, the book contains no violence, no gratuitous sex and not a single swear word. In the video footage, Anne Sikking addresses some of these concerns.
...Europe’s foremost Islamic monument is under siege. Captive are a visiting British choir and some local residents. Outside is the Army, the national police, a US observer and the world waiting to see if it is about to blow sky high. So why the demand for a midwife? What are the local children up to? Which gypsies are involved? Where do the terrorists come from and how does New York and 9/11 relate to it?
In a tightly woven, fast paced tale men, women, a host of children and the good people of Andalucía confront each other and themselves. Against the backdrop of the eternal lyric of Federico García Lorca they all arrive at a surprising resolution.
A work of art that mixes history and reality. The action unfolds over three days and takes the reader through them with a fearsome intensity. Anne Sikking's poetic style delivers us a Granada...that is at the same time both fragile and luminous. Juan de Dios Jerónimo - RADIO COPE
festival of angels - isbn 978-0-9563980-2-4
published 2003 by ENDpapers Ltd
When Police Constable Jack Fisher pulls Carmen Romero’s liquor license at The Palace at first she believes it is for legal reasons. But as she finds that The Palace is a cog in the local drug trafficking machine she wonders if it is operated by the police force itself. As Carmen's strange past emerges Jack is ready to pull more than a license to get to the bottom of it. Johnny Wing, sound engineer, immigrant and loner watches it all with his own agenda to service...
Against the backdrop of York’s annual ice event, Festival of Angels, an intricate web of lies and intrigue ensnares them all. And when Jack’s own child goes missing, nothing seems to add up.
“With over forty characters this is story telling on a grand scale..."
YORK EVENING PRESS
"The drugs racket is just a sprinkling of angel dust on a story which is principally about a much deeper issue...Of what is the Spirit made? In this case not of family, religion or ethnicity, but of trust and accident of place...”
Karen Maitland, DREAMCATCHER
“I haven’t enjoyed a book so much since I read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”
Patricia Neal, Derby
in the smoke of the sagebrush
published 2004 by ENDpapers Ltd
Somewhere between smoke and flame there lies a truth about grief, where it takes us and who we are when we come back...
Em Hammond, deep in new widowhood, uncovers a small family secret. Henry Sands, doctor and trauma specialist, has a secret of his own. Cathy Hanson is just a hairdresser, trying to get an education and move up a bit in the world. A group of young arsonists unite them in a search to understand and to heal...
From Oak Island in North Carolina to Southwold in England, from the vast Midwest of Missouri to the ancient mountain of Big Bear, In the Smoke of the Sagebrush is a thriller, a love story and a vision quest as well as a celebration of the common culture of Islam, Native American lore, the Icelandic epic and Hinduism...
...a novel about...a kind of healing...it is the raw power of grief that makes the book so memorable...
Stephen Lewis, YORK PRESS
This book has a big heart...full of wisdom about the human condition
Miranda Castro, HOMEOPATH & WRITER
Reminded me of THE BONE PEOPLE...
Morgan Ladd, DR GOURMET