Living by numbers….virtually
22nd May 2011
The world is moving online. No longer will we be obsessed, as Bridget Jones was, with the number of glasses of wine we consume or pounds we weigh. The only numbers that will interest us are the number of friends we have on Facebook, or the number of fo …
17th May 2011
Rupes and I were discussing football managers this morning, like you do…. Obviously changes are being planned at Chelsea, yet again. One of the reasons we are lagging behind Man U is that we lack the consistency they have achieved in part by holding …
A review in today’s Daily Mail
6th May 2011
Here it is, my first review in a national newspaper, under the heading Chick-Lit. Some may not like being labelled a chick-lit author, but for me, it is actually a bit of a dream come true. A few days ago I got an email from someone who has known me si …
An expat Royal Wedding
30th April 2011
My day was totally dominated by the wedding yesterday. I woke up at 5am and counted the hours until it was due to begin. Then I started getting ready for the party, inbetween trips upstairs to watch every detail and every person arrive at the abbey. At …
Things I might never have experienced
26th April 2011
There are many things I would never have experienced or seen had we not moved to Abu Dhabi. For example, I would probably never have tasted the steaming hot Iranian bread a man bakes for one dirham a piece around the corner from the office. I would nev …
20th April 2011
I have decided that, as a busy working mother, if I want to spend time with my children, I need to find things I can do with them. I mean things that I would also otherwise be doing, such as playing tennis. The obvious candidate for tennis is of course …
I am a sofa…..
15th April 2011
I went to a baby shower last week, and just to give you an idea of how they tend to do these things in Abu Dhabi, I am uploading a photo. Understated, eh? My first thought as I walked in was of the film Batman, when the duck turns out to be carrying gu …
A bad sporting week, but will it get better?
4th April 2011
So Chelsea are out of the Premier League and Rafa (cue vast pic) lost to Djokovic in Miami. I fear that in terms of the tennis, it is the end of an era. Federer doesn’t even seem to pose much of a threat any more and even Rafa seems rattled by the Serb …
The future of journalism?
27th March 2011
I think I might be in the wrong business. Last week I was approached by a charming young lady from the Guardian, asking me to write an article about the Languedoc (the region where our house is in the south of France). “We can’t pay you,” she explained …
I’m in the money
21st March 2011
Well, not really, but for the first time since I started this blog in November 2006 someone has paid to advertise on it. And I still have to set up the PayPal account to actually get the money, but I feel this is a bit of a breakthrough. Rupes will be …
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.