5th February 2018
I am reading, well listening to, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Part of the novel is told in diary form. The protagonist not only tells the story by means of her diary, but she goes back into her diaries to confirm facts or assess feelings she h …
Miracle boob job
18th January 2018
The actress Calista Flockhart once summed it up rather well. “I do wish my breasts were bigger,” she said. “Not big, but less small.” If you feel like Calista there is now something you can do about it, without resorting to surgery and with no scars. I …
19th December 2017
A couple of weeks ago I went to a lovely event in Mayfair hosted by a bespoke perfume maker called Elegantes (www.elegantes.co.uk). One of the speakers was a truly inspirational lady from a charity called Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB). LGFB helps women …
Fabulous Christmas stocking filler #1
9th December 2017
This is one of those things that, having found it, I never want to be without it. How many times have you had your car washed and they’ve put some hideous smelling thing in it? Or you’ve got into your car only to find your teenage son has left his foot …
All I want for Christmas is….
30th November 2017
Two of my favourite London-based beautifiers have joined forces to bring you an early Christmas present. The Harley Street clinic Medi-Lift and renowned hairdresser Michaeljohn in Knightsbridge are offering an exclusive seasonal bonus guaranteed to ge …
Trouble with truffles
1st November 2017
As it’s the truffle season I am posting a story I wrote about that magical ingredient set in Rome. It is inspired by one of my favourite short stories called Roman Fever by Edith Wharton. Enjoy the season! Ruth stands on the corner of Via Margutta. It …
We shall never surrender
15th September 2017
We have just moved back to London. At the moment we are in Fulham, which as you can imagine this morning was a bit like a war zone. Helicopters buzzed above us, ambulances whizzed through the streets and there were police everywhere. It made me feel fi …
15th August 2017
By the time it got to Saturday evening, none of us could remember exactly when we’d last seen him, we only knew he was missing. We’d rolled in at 2am that morning after an evening of wine and music with an octogenarian friend of ours (these 80 somethin …
Fidelity à la Française
13th August 2017
I first went to Paris when I was 14 years old. I was travelling with my father who introduced me to a “friend” of his, a dancer at the Lido called Sophie. Something she told me has remained with me ever since. “All you need to be a French woman,” she s …
The rise of La Cougar
21st June 2017
During my last visit to France I visited my beautician. I have known Chantal, who works in a salon in Montpellier, for 15 years and I always pop in for a facial and to talk about the latest skincare products. This year, she had some unusual advice for …
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. She writes a beauty blog www.beautyorbeast.uk.
Her third novel, The Arnolfini Marriage, based on a romance that evolves around a van Eyck masterpiece came out in 2016. As well as contributing regularly for newspapers and magazines, writing short stories and studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge, Helena is also working on a thriller called The Longest Night that will be published in spring 2019. Her latest non-fiction work Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles came out in hardback in 2016 and came out in paperback in April 2018.
Helena was educated at Durham University and lived in the Languedoc region of France for eight years, where the family still have a home. She lives between there and London with her husband Rupert and their three children.