Eirinie Lapidaki

Born in the north-east of England Eirinie read English Literature at St Andrews and completed her MLitt at Newcastle University, where she researched Victorian social reform poetry and the periodical press.

Her debut novel, The Wives of Halcyon, is forthcoming from Legend Press in May 2024. She began writing the novel while working as a bookseller at Waterstones, and early chapters won a Northern Writers Award from New Writing North.

She is currently working on her next novel, about the wellness industry and its impact on women’s bodies.

Eirinie lives in Gateshead with her husband, her daughter and her dog.

Eirinie’s Instagram: eirinie.writes

Eirinie is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lisa Highton. For all enquiries, contact

Books by Eirinie

The Wives of Halcyon

Legend Press, May 2024

A powerful story of coercive control, motherhood and extraordinary women, The Wives of Halcyon asks questions about how we perceive faith and family.

Three women controlled by one man – their charismatic husband Elijah, leader of their cult who dictates every aspect of life in the remote Scottish settlement of Halcyon. But cracks have begun to form in the community’s idyllic facade, and Elijah’s increasingly erratic behaviour begins to test the loyalty of the women who love him, especially when he reveals his intention to take a fourth wife, sixteen-year-old Mim. Deceived and isolated by the husband they share, Aoife, Ruth, and Deborah must set years of animosity aside and come together as danger mounts within their isolated community.

Praise for The Wives of Halcyon:

An astonishing and extraordinary debut
– Charlie Carroll

A fascinating story
– Ilona Bannister