Helena Frith Powell’s writing career began with the French Mistress column in The Sunday Times about living in France which she wrote for several years. She is also a regular contributor to the The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar among other publications.
Helena is the author of eleven books. The first, More France Please, we’re British, was published in November 2004 by Gibson Square Books and is about her experiences in France. Her second is a book about French women called Two Lipsticks and a Lover published in October 2005 by Gibson Square Books. The paperback was published by Penguin in the US in December 2006 under the title All You Need to be Impossibly French. The paperback in the UK was published by Arrow in February 2007. It was also published in Russia, Thailand, Poland and China during 2007. It was published in France in March 2008 under the title So Chic!
Helena is also the author of a memoir called Ciao Bella, published by Gibson Square in October 2006 and re-released in 2012. Her book about ageing called To Hell in High Heels was published by Arrow in April 2008, and has been translated into several languages.
Her diet book, The Viva Mayr Diet, was published by Harper Collins in May 2009. Her first novel is set in France about the French art of having affairs called Love in a Warm Climate, which was published in March 2011 by Gibson Square. Her second novel, The Ex-Factor, was published by Gibson Square in 2013. Her second anti-ageing book, Smart Women don’t get Wrinkles, was published in May 2016. Her third novel, a love story intertwined with an enigmatic van Eyck portrait, is called The Arnolfini Marriage came out in December 2016.
Helena was educated at Durham University. She has had a home in the Languedoc region of France for 16 years. She divides her time between France and Oxford with her husband Rupert and their three children Olivia, Bea and Leonardo. She is working on her fourth novel. She also runs a beauty website called beautyorbeast.uk where she reviews products and treatments.