Roy Heath was born in Guyana in 1939. Novelist, teacher, poet and barrister–at–law, he speaks fluent French and German. Roy Heath lived in London and died in 2008.
His first novel, A man come Home (1974) was described by the Times as ‘a concise, unsentimental masterpiece.’ His second novel, The Murderer (1978), won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and was followed by his trilogy of novels about the Amstrong family, From the Heat of the Day (1979); One Generation (1981) and Genetha (1981). Kwaku, which tells the picaresque tale of a confidence trickster, was published in 1982 and Orealla in 1984.