James Thornton is the author of one previous novel, Immediate Harm, and the nonfiction A Field Guide to the Soul. Sphinx: The Second Coming picks up on his vivid interest in Ancient Egypt, and great storytelling. He is one of the world’s leading environmental lawyers and a Zen Buddhist priest. He founded and runs ClientEarth, the leading environmental NGO, working throughout Europe and West Africa. The New Statesman called him ‘one of ten people who could change the world’ while the Big Issue termed ClientEarth a ‘fleet of armour plated tanks in the battle to secure our future on planet Earth.’ Born in New York and with Irish / American citizenship, he lives in London and has a writing retreat – the former goathouse of a monastery – in the Easter Pyrenees.