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 …
The December Issue
17th November 2010
Last night we all watched the documentary film The September Issue which is about American Vogue and its legendary editor Anna Wintour. The film centers on the biggest issue of the year, the September issue, and follows the fashion shoots, Anna’s meeti …
The Lovely Lewis
11th November 2010
I thought very hard about whether to write this blog before or after I meet Lewis Hamilton at the Abu DHabi Grand Prix this weekend. Logically it might be better to write it after, but I often think the anticipation of something is almost better than t …
6th November 2010
OK, I know my blogging has been sporadic to say the least, but things have been madly hectic. So here is a summary of some of the events you may have missed, in number-crunching form. 96,266 – number of words that my novel is, finally sent to my publis …
Something to look forward to…..
27th October 2010
Today, as I sat in a traffic jam on the way to the gym, I decided that what is good about life right now is that there is a lot to look forward to. It is Bea’s 10th birthday, and this afternoon she is coming to work and then we are going shopping. Tomo …
A moving experience
25th October 2010
Last time we moved, and I mean really moved, as opposed to leaving Sainte Cecile with a car full of belongings, I was eight months’ pregnant. Rupert had already gone on ahead to France to “prepare” the new house and I was left with Olivia to pack up ou …
A poem from Bea
18th October 2010
Under the sofa I’m lying down under the sofa the only thing I see is the table. I can smell my mum bringing some chocolate cake to my dad. I feel so hungry that cake is making my tummy rumble. I can see my mum and dad eating it. It’s 8:00 o’clock now I …
What a difference four weeks makes….
9th October 2010
Olivia was away for most of the summer, staying with my mother in Italy. But when she came home, apart from speaking some Italian, there was no discernible difference. After four weeks of boarding school she has become a teenager. This may sound bad, i …
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 Welcome to Smullö that will be published in spring 2020.
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.