A pressing question
2nd February 2011
At 2am yesterday morning Leo came into my room. “Mummy,” he announced. “Do you know there are people in my class who think Pele is better than Messi?” Then he got into my bed and fell asleep, leaving me to ponder his question, along with all the other …
A sporting bore
27th January 2011
I am officially a tennis bore. I play four times a week, more if I can. A day without tennis feels somehow sad. I talk about it all the time. I wept today when Rafa and Federer were knocked out of the Oz Open. I am reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography. …
Today is the day….
23rd January 2011
At 10 am UK time my first novel goes to print. I have been working on it, on and off, since we left France. In fact since before we left France. I remember having a long conversation with my agent while we were on our summer holiday in the Savoie in 20 …
Ladies who lunch
14th January 2011
Last week I joined the ladies who lunch brigade. Our lovely housemaid went off to Sri Lanka on holiday and so I decided to become a housewife for a few days. The plan was slightly complicated by the fact that I had to finish final edits on Love in a Wa …
A great weekend
2nd January 2011
There are times when pictures speak louder than words….. But let me tell you about it anyway. WHAT a weekend. Three days of tennis and a drinks party with Rafa and Federer as guests of honour (along with Soderling, Tsonga, Berdych and Baghdatis). I m …
26th December 2010
I have waited many years for someone to ask me to join a book club. When we lived in Sussex all those years ago, there was a rather snooty one run by a woman called Liz. As an unpublished, desperate and depressed author I hoped that I might get the nod …
Guest blog from Bea and Leo
17th December 2010
Hello this is Bea and Leo, today on Saturday 18 of December 2010 we are going to tell you what we got mummy for her B-day! Me (Bea) & Leo & Olivia have created a magazine called Powell BTW I came up with the name! and it was lovely well we think it is …
A young sporting hero
13th December 2010
In an ideal world, it would be the temperature it is now in Abu Dhabi all year round. As most of Europe freezes under a hideous cold spell, we spend our time outside playing tennis, walking, even doing yoga on the beach. For the children, especially li …
Can Facebook determine our future?
5th December 2010
As you know from my previous blog, Olivia has a boyfriend. Quite what having a boyfriend aged 11 entails I am not sure, but I am told there is no kissing (“yuk”) or in fact any dates. As you quickly realise living in this part of the world, once you ge …
25th November 2010
This week Leo has excelled. He has been football team captain, as well as Man of the Match, and he scored a double hat-trick. At school he won not only the Principal’s Award for his project on snakes, but also table of the week in class. Last night he …
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.