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Flaming Hearts

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I sit with Kingston to my back. The wide expanse of the harbour is opened before me. I sit and wait. The water is sprinkled with short fierce white capped waves rushing madly at me, splashing against the infrastructure of the quay, erupting into fine sprays caught and coloured by the evening's gold.

It's good to be alive.

The evening is gentle on me. The splashing of the waves has grown into a happy comforting monotony ‑ like children at play. There is money in my pocket from a hard week's work and the evening holds a promise of something good.

If Breeze could see me now.

Now this woman comes toward me. As she comes, I wonder if I have seen any one before who has so mastered the art of putting one foot in front of the other. She walks as a woman should, with the easy, natural gait of a thoroughbred.

As she comes, images flash across my mind, of places and scenes I know so well, of times, experiences, dimensions of life and love explored ... of Breeze.

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Flaming Hearts and Other Stories is Ellis’ first published collection.  The collection which won the National Book Development Council first prize for adult literature in 1993 (The Una Marson Award) was published in 1996 and established Ellis as a new and unmistakable voice among Jamaican story-tellers. The characters that people these stories are the “ordinary Jamaican people”  Garfield Ellis says it is  his calling to write about,

The writer’s power lies in transforming the stories of these ordinary people, speaking in authentic Jamaican voices and living comfortably in their environment, into tales of relationships, and internal struggle and concerns universal to the human condition.

Meanwhile, the author’s own relationship with the backdrop – his beautiful island – plays always lyrically in the background. 




A boy finds camaraderie and a role model in the carefree life of a beach-roaming womanizer. 

Flaming Hearts

Two boys struggle to find themselves and their confidence in the face of their faith and fear of a harsh and disciplined teacher. 

Sparing Partner

Love tests the limits of friendship as two people try hard to keep their relationship within platonic bounds. 


The story of a sugar cane vendor’s quest to win the heart of a lonely housewife 


A man discovers that the woman he gives shelter in his car from the rain is more than just another passerby.

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  1. Eeveals a refreshing style

    Posted by George Lamming, Author on 28th Feb 2012

    Ellis’ first collection reveals a refreshing style and deftly painted, vibrant characters.
     National Book Development Council

    His originality lies in a special ability to combine (a) technical frame of mind with a very flexible and lyrical imagination. Ellis writes with grace and power.

    George Lamming, Author
    Visiting Professor of African Studies
    Brown University

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