Philip Sington was born in Cambridge. His father was an industrial chemist and his mother an officer in the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). He studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge and then worked as a business journalist and magazine editor for nine years, specialising in coverage of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.
Between 1993 and 2001 he co-authored six novels under the joint pseudonym Patrick Lynch, selling well over a million copies worldwide. The third, 'Carriers', was adapted for the screen in 1998. He also co-wrote the stage play 'Lip Service', which premiered at the Finborough Theatre, London in 2000 and was awarded 4 stars by 'The Scotsman' at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival.
His first solo novel, 'Zoia's Gold', was published in 2005. This was followed in 2009 by 'The Einstein Girl', and by 'The Valley of Unknowing' in 2012. His work has been translated into twenty-one foreign languages.
Philip lives in London with his German wife, Uta, and their two children.