As a survey shows couples are choosing to downsize their nuptials: Are smaller weddings better than big bashes?
19th August 2021
There’s a saying that today is the first day of the rest of your life. On no other day (apart from the day you were born, and you had no control over that) is this as true as on your wedding day. It the first day of the rest of your life as a spouse, p …
As students battle to bag a place at oversubscribed colleges: Is it social death to let your teen skip university?
12th August 2021
At dinner time we serve two kinds of wine: undergraduate wine and graduate wine. The latter is superior and only given to those who have a degree. Sometimes, on special occasions, those in the process of completing a degree are allowed some, but it is …
As Dominic West wins back his wife after those Lily James pictures: Should you stay with a husband who strays?
15th April 2021
If I were his wife, would I ever trust Dominic West again? Here I am, at home with our four children, when pictures are beamed across the globe of him gazing adoringly at a clearly besotted Lily James, as well as kissing her, stroking her cheek and snu …
Should we be allowed to WFH forever?
8th April 2021
After a year of working from home there are those who will now be keen to swap an unpleasant commute for an amble down the stairs or a desk opposite the accounts department to one overlooking their geraniums forever. And some generous bosses might even …
Can a man really do any job a woman can? asks FEMAIL as an ex-policeman becomes matron at a top boarding school
23rd November 2020
YES By Libby Purves So eyebrows have been raised at the newly appointed matron of a boarding house at St Edward’s School in Oxford. Not only, gasp, is the new ‘Matey’ not a looming Hattie Jacques figure in a big starched apron — he’s a …
These feminist puritans need a flirty Frenchman to snap them out of their self-obsession
10th October 2020
Thank goodness for the French. The actress and political activist Catherine Deneuve, along with 99 of her countrywomen, has denounced the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment as ‘puritanism’ fuelled by ‘hatred of men’. Meanwhile, many in Britain, …
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About Helena Frith Powell
Helena Frith Powell was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and Italian father, but grew up mainly in England. She is the author of eleven books, translated into several languages including Chinese and Russian. She wrote the French Mistress column The Sunday Times about life in France for several years. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.
Helena has been the editor of four magazines, including M Magazine, a supplement for the Abu Dhabi based National Newspaper and FIVE, a high-end fashion glossy, also published in Abu Dhabi. Helena was also editor in chief of 360 Life, a quarterly glossy magazine published with the Sports 360 Newspaper in Dubai, part of the Chalhoub Group.
Helena contributes regularly to UK-based newspapers and magazines and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. Helena is working on a thriller called Thin Ice that will be published in 2021 as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
Her latest non-fiction work Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles came out in hardback in 2016 and in paperback in April 2018.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert and their three children.