The brothers are different in every aspect: Richard is a farmer who loves the land whilst William, married with a daughter, is the talented artist with a hot and unpredictable temperament. Their parents, Herbie and Madeline, still play out their games in a unresolved struggle for control. William escapes from his family to Italy to paint but knows he must return and face what he is running away from if he is ever truly to be free. His art is for ‘his escape not internment’.
Both brothers lust after Selina, full of passions that would never fade or stay hidden, and who eventually marries Richard but secretly believes he had entrapped her when she really wants his brother, having been seduced by his art.
The complicated relationships of the characters show their loving yet hateful and often destructive facets of their human feelings towards each other and to themselves. Later, for the first time, they see William’s paintings exhibited for sale and realise finally the incredible gift that he has which wipes away the years of hatred and jealousies.
“The literary equivalent of roots-rock, stylistically stripped-down and perfectly executed” – Matthew Flaming, Word Riot
“Disarmingly simple, straight talking yet poetic and with a knack for metaphorical description… Like the farmer bearing the pike and the old woman facedown in a puddle, The Bestowing Sun is art.” – Neil Ayres, Fragment Magazine
“…something that is mighty fine, and promises still more to come…” – Jack Goodstein, Compulsive Reader
“From the second word onwards, The Bestowing Sun is something worth talking about… Grimmett’s great achievement is writing a beautiful novel which is never pretentious and certainly never lachrymose. Quite the reverse.” – Stuck in a Book
“Has that timeless quality about it… Excellent.” – Alan Beard
Neil Grimmett was born in Birmingham. After being expelled from school at 14, he spent the next decade on the road and in recording studios playing the drums with various rock bands. He also worked making high explosives at a top secret establishment for the Ministry of Defence; as a gamekeeper for minor aristocracy; as a professional handler of show dogs; and a teacher of creative literature. During his lifetime he had over eighty five short stories published. In the UK by among others: London Magazine, Stand, Panurge, Iron, Ambit, Postscripts Magazine, Pretext etc. Australia, Quadrant, South Africa, New Contrast. Plus stories in the leading journals of Singapore, India, France, Canada, and the USA, where he has appeared in Fiction, The Yale Review, DoubleTake, The southern Humanities Review, Green Mountains Review, Descant, The Southern Review and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He has appeared online in Blackbird, Plum Ruby Review, Tatlin's Tower, Web Del Sol, In Posse Review, m.a.g., Word Riot, Blue Moon Review, 3AM, Gangway, Eclectica,The Cortland Review, Segue, The Dublin Quarterly , Ducts, Sugar Mule, Mysterical E, Thuglit and over thirty others. His stories have also appeared in the anthologies: ENGLAND CALLING, BOOK OF VOICES and Italy’s ISBN’s Top International Stories. In addition, he also won the Write On poetry award, 6 Oppenheim John Downes Awards, 7 major British Arts Council Awards, a Royal Society of Authors award and was awarded a major grant from the Royal Literary Fund. His first thriller, THE THRESHING CIRCLE, was published by Lake Union in May 2015. Other works published by Neil Grimmett include THE HOARD, THE MUD DANCE, THE BESTOWING SUN and THE BURNT FOX. Sadly, Neil passed away in November, 2015