Terence Wheeler was born in Portsmouth, England. His debut novel The Conjunction, set in India, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1970.
He published two other novels, From Home in Heaven (1971), also set in India, and The Wreck of the Rat Trap (1973), set in Portsmouth, where he grew up. He wrote two screenplays titled Spice Island, Farewell and Brent Geese, both of which were broadcast by the BBC in the 1970s. He lived in Whitstable, Kent and died on 25 December 2018 at the age of 82.