Happy Birthday to my first-born
14th June 2010
I was a stepmother before I was a mother, to the lovely Hugo and Julia, who were still little enough to really mother and look after. “This is perfect,” I used to say to Rupert. “Two beautiful children and I still get to keep my figure.” Then something …
One night in Bangkok
9th June 2010
So I finally get a good night’s sleep, in Bangkok. Probably not what most people come here for but it made me happy. We are here for three days; Rupert is writing a cover story for the Travel section about it. I did not pack any red clothes, nor any ye …
My strategy for Gaza
4th June 2010
Living in the Middle East I see a lot more news about Gaza than I did in France. Here it is a huge story. And of course there is only one ‘right’ side from here. I am becoming increasingly pro-Palestinian. Obviously I do not condone terrorism or extrem …
108 sun salutations
31st May 2010
On Saturday I went along to my favourite yoga teacher’s class to do 54 sun salutations in a row. Why on earth would you want to do a thing like that you may wonder, but I was scarily excited by the challenge and wanted to see how tough it was. I was un …
It’s that time of year again…..
25th May 2010
French Open time…..maybe they would like to be in my book? here is one I will miss this year…. finally, here is another one for the road…. (that’s enough semi-naked tennis players, Ed)
23rd May 2010
I was ill in bed for most of the weekend so I worked on my novel. It has been renamed Love in a Warm Climate, which I like, although I did also like Lost in France. Mainly because of the Bonnie Tyler song. The name may have changed, but the worrying is …
18th May 2010
This morning on the treadmill at the gym I suddenly found myself in tears watching a concert on Arte of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. It has been a morning like most others, everyone is fine, and this afternoon we have a press trip to Atlantis to look fo …
A novel way to look at washing up
14th May 2010
I have just spent four hours in my kitchen, washing up, murdering cockroaches, preparing dinner (Sobu noodles with vegetables along with baked salmon which is marinading as I write) and baking a cake. Unlike a lot of houses here in Abu Dhabi, ours has …
Leo’s life plan
11th May 2010
There are not many upsides to Leo coming into our bed at 3am but here are two. First at 6am I was woken up by him laughing in his sleep. It was a rather delightful way to be woken up, by a little toothless chuckling boy. Then when he woke up he told hi …
A different world
6th May 2010
This morning Leo talked to me about “the other France”, by which he means the France where Norrie and Mary our friends in the Savoie live and not the Languedoc where we are. It got me thinking about how different a child’s world is. England is waking u …
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.