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, …
The Femail Face-off: As a top US expert says it’s time to ditch our touchy-feely ways… Should we ban handshakes and hugs for good?
10th October 2020
YES By Kate Spicer Once we are on the other side of this pandemic, Dr Anthony Fauci, Donald Trump’s virus expert, says we should carry on compulsively washing our hands and refusing handshakes. What? No shaking hands ever again, you say? The mere prosp …
Sex in la Cité really is a Carrie on! The French are up in arms about Netflix’s racy new hit Emily In Paris – but for a Brit who lives in France, it rings all too true
10th October 2020
Despite French criticism, the series has drawn a huge audience, thanks in no small part to its heritage. If you’re getting déjà vu — pretty young woman working in media teetering round a major city in ever more extravagant outfits — it’s no coincidence …
Should affairs in the office be forbidden? After a City firm sacks two staff for having work romances, two writers give their opposing views
10th September 2020
NO By Helena Frith Powell How would you feel if you had to sign a ‘no romance’ clause when you started a new job? Astonishingly, this is now common practice in the U.S. Meanwhile, BlackRock, one of the world’s largest asset-management firms which has a …
John Lewis has opened its first cosmetics counter for men, so: Could you fancy your husband if he wore ‘manscara’?
15th January 2020
YES By Jenni Murray My old man isn’t likely to be among the first in line at the new John Lewis make-up counter for men, but would I find him less attractive if he were? Certainly not. Why shouldn’t he pop a smidgen of Touche Eclat over his …
If only EVERY woman was able to give birth like the French: As new UK mothers are targeted by incontinence ads, a writer who’s had postnatal care on both sides of the Channel reveals the difference
23rd September 2019
DAILY MAIL 7 AUGUST 2019 – When my husband and I moved to France in 2000 with our one-year-old daughter, Olivia, I learned an awful lot about the cultural differences between our two countries from my new mum friends. Not only, it appears, do French wo …
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To Hell in High Heels
Love in a Warm Climate
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All You Need to be Impossibly French
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Two Lipsticks and a Lover
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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 also working on a thriller called Thin Ice that will be published in spring 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.