Mythical in its ambition, Sphinx is a gripping literary thriller set against the tense backdrop of Sadat’s Egypt and the decadent, decaying remnants of the colonial European diaspora in Alexandria.
Alexandria, Egypt, 1977. During a dive to an old shipwreck, archaeologist Isabella Warnock uncovers an artefact unlike anything she has ever seen: an astrarium, a mysterious ancient device rumoured to have shaped the destinies of pharaohs and kings since the beginning of time. But her discovery comes at a terrible price, and it falls to her husband, Oliver, to keep the priceless object safe.
Up against a shadowy enemy and a powerful cult prepared to do anything for the treasure, Oliver is catapulted into a breakneck race to protect an ancient secret in a dangerous world of conspiracy and Egyptology, where age-old sorcery and legends clash violently with modern-day ambitions.
"Sphinx is an unusual joy among recent apocalyptic thrillers for its convincing characters and well-crafted prose. Learner is that rare beast: a wordsmith who can spin a yarn." (The Times)