It’s been a long day….
25th November 2009
Some things children say you never forget for some reason. Like when Hugo my stepson was about three and in a very solemn tone of voice declared that he was tired because “it’s been a long day”. Or Julia my stepdaughter would wake us up and say “it’s m …
The Durham reunion
24th November 2009
This year it is 20 years ago since I left university. I cannot believe it is 20 years, that makes me feel ancient, wrinkly and generally depressed. But 20 years it is and there was only one way to get through the landmark, celebrate with some old unive …
A rare concert
21st November 2009
I had am anguished telephone call from Schamanee our maid today as Leo, Rupert and I played cricket on the beach. “Madam, the girls are putting posters up,” she said. “I don’t know why.” I spoke to Olivia who explained that they are giving a concert to …
Pink champagne and a yellow lamborghini
19th November 2009
Tuesday night I stayed in Dubai. I was there for the Emirates Woman of the Year Award and went to it with my friend Keeley. She is an extraordinary women. Always up to some high-powered madcap thing or other. Her list of friends (apart from me) reads l …
15 minutes of hell
16th November 2009
There is an expression that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame. Well today I had my 15 minutes of hell. I drove back to where Leonardo has his bi-weekly tennis lesson to collect him at 6.15. I was coming from an interview for an article I am writing …
Peas in a pod
11th November 2009
There is a rather old-fashioned English expression to describe two people that are extremely similar. They are peas in a pod. I think one could safely say that Olivia and I peas in a pod. She looks like me (or rather like I used to) and we have scarily …
this is my second blog
9th November 2009
i first started by going in atlantis to go to the shark tank but it was to much of a kueu so me and daddy decided to go on it but he did’nt know where to put his bag so i was waiting at the little pool when he came back we decided to go but olivia and …
Mark of distinction
8th November 2009
He says so himself: Mark Wahlberg is all grown up. The former rapper tells Helena Frith Powell about his transformation from brawling bad boy to respected actor, producer and family man and how his labour of love, The Fighter, may prove to be the bigge …
The Raffle for Rafa
7th November 2009
Bea and Leo entered their first-ever tennis tournament today. The prize for the winner of the tournament was to play with Rafa and Federer when they come over for the Capitala Tennis Tournament at the end of the year. I realised very quickly neither of …
Thrilling? It will be….
5th November 2009
This week has been mainly about recovering from last. It all seemed very empty and mundane with the glamour of the Formula 1 gone…but all that is about to change. This evening the children and I are off to Dubai to see Navi. For those of you who have …
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.