Clive John Sinclair FRSL (born 19 February 1948) is a British author who has published several award-winning novels and collections of short stories, including The Lady with the Laptop and Bedbugs.
He was educated at the University of East Anglia (BA, PhD), the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the University of Exeter. He was the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for Hearts of Gold in 1981. In 1983, he was recognised in Granta's list of Best Young British Novelists. Between 1983 and 1987 he was literary editor of the Jewish Chronicle, and in 1988 he was the British Council Guest Writer-in-residence at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has also been the British Library Penguin Writer's Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has been a visiting lecturer, most frequently at the University of East Anglia, but also at the University of California, Santa Cruz, his special subjects being gothic fiction, creative writing, detective fiction, and Holocaust literature. His recent publications include Clive Sinclair's True Tales of the Wild West and A Soap Opera From Hell: Essays on the Facts of Life and the Facts of Death.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983
- Bibliosexuality: A novel. London: Allison and Busby, 1973.
- Hearts of Gold. London: Allison and Busby, 1979.
- Bedbugs. London: Allison and Busby, 1982.
- The Brothers Singer (a biography of Isaac Bashevis Singer, I. J. Singer, and Esther Kreitman). London; Allison & Busby (distributed in the USA by Schocken Books), 1983.
- Blood Libels. London: Allison and Busby, 1985. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1986.
- Augustus Rex: A Novel. London: Deutsch, 1992.
- The Lady with the Laptop and Other Stories. London: Picador, 1996.
- For Good or Evil. London: Picador, 1998.
- A Soap Opera From Hell: Essays on the Facts of Life and the Facts of Death. London: Picador, 1998.
- Meet the Wife. London: Picador, 2002.
- Clive Sinclair's True Tales of the Wild West. London: Picador, 2008.