novelist and short‐story writer, born in London and brought up in its north‐western suburbs, and educated at the universities of East Anglia and Santa Cruz. The title of his first novel, Bibliosexuality (1973), indicates a characteristic and idiosyncratic strain of verbal play and erotic bravura. This was followed by the story collections Hearts of Gold (1979) and Bedbugs (1982) and the novel Blood Libels (1985). Cosmetic Effects (1989) is a neo‐Gothic self‐reflexive thriller, in which the action is divided between Israel and St Albans: narrator Dr Jonah Isaacson becomes unwittingly involved in a terrorist plot and loses an arm, an injury which does not preclude much sexual activity and a macabre and successful bid to prevent his wife, Sophie, from procuring an abortion. Later works include the novels Augustus Rex (1992), about the resurrection of Strindberg and Meet the Wife (2002); and The Lady with the Laptop (1996, stories). Sinclair has also written a study of the brothers Singer (1983).