Clive Sinclair (author)

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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.


Sinclair grew up in North London and was educated at the University of East Anglia (BA, PhD), the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the University of Exeter.[1]

He was first published as a novelist in 1973, going on to become better known as a writer of short stories. He was the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for the collection Hearts of Gold in 1981. In 1983, he was recognised in Granta's list of Best Young British Novelists.[2] He has since published several novels and collections of shorter fiction, in addition to non-fiction, such as biography and travel writing. His stories, interviews, travel pieces and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Encounter, The Year’s Best Horror Stories, New Review, London Magazine, Penthouse, Club International, Transatlantic Review, Lilith, Monat, The Guardian, The Independent,[3] and Contrappasso Magazine.[4]

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.[3] He has also been the British Library Penguin Writer's Fellow, as well as 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 books include Clive Sinclair's True Tales of the Wild West, A Soap Opera From Hell: Essays on the Facts of Life and the Facts of Death and Death & Texas.[5]

Sinclair was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983.[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Bibliosexuality: A novel. London: Allison and Busby, 1973.
  • Hearts of Gold (stories). London: Allison and Busby, 1979.
  • Bedbugs (stories). 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 (novel). London: Allison and Busby, 1985. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1986.
  • Cosmetic Effects (novel). London, 1991.
  • Augustus Rex: A Novel. London: Andre Deutsch, 1992.
  • The Lady with the Laptop and Other Stories. London: Picador, 1996.
  • For Good or Evil: Collected Stories. 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 (novel). London: Picador, 2002.
  • Clive Sinclair's True Tales of the Wild West (travel). London: Picador, 2008.
  • Death & Texas (stories). London: Halban Publishers, 2014.


  • 1997: Macmillan Silver Pen Award (The Lady with the Laptop and Other Stories)
  • 1997: Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize (The Lady with the Laptop and Other Stories)
  • 1981: Somerset Maugham Award (Hearts of Gold)


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's Ltd. 2009. ISBN 1-870520-51-3. 
  2. ^ Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists.
  3. ^ a b Clive Sinclair biography, British Council.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Death & Texas on Vimeo.
  6. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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