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IRENE NOEL-BAKER is a psychologist, a translator, and a poet. She grew up in Greece, and speaks modern Greek, although she was educated for the most part in Britain. Her mother was Swedish.

After studying Ancient Greek and English Literature at Edinburgh University, she worked for a while in publishing, and then trained and worked as a clinical psychologist in Britain before turning her hand to translating. Her recent translations from Greek include psychoanalytic works, history, architecture, short stories, and novels. Her translations of Plato are published by the Aldeburgh Bookshop.




New Publication: Stone and Honey

Stone and Honey is a novel full of Greek flavour which invites the reader to discover a powerful love story and one man’s journey towards self-forgiveness.

A brilliant travelling companion for those interested in finding out more about the country, this book sits well alongside Patrick Leigh Fermor's book on the Mani, and Victoria Hislop's novels set in Greece.

Odysseas Anastasakos has spent the past 17 years living in exile in Boston. A fatal accident when he was 15 years old forced him to denounce his Grecian birthplace and led him in pursuit of a new life where he could escape the demons of his past. But on his first return to Greece in 17 years, Odysseas is confronted by a passionate love that will change everything.

Two summers seventeen years apart; a past and a present that will determine the future of all those involved. A beautiful novel, vibrant with Greek life that captures one person’s dilemma when deciding between honour and love, this story is universal and at the same time a deeply personal tale of a love that surpasses distance, dissolves differences and survives time.

Book page at Arcadia Books, including purchasing options

  Irene Noel-Baker
Photograph by Lucy Dickens
Irene Noel-Baker (2009-12)