Happy Birthday Bea
27th October 2009
Today was Bea’s ninth birthday. I took the day off work to be with her and do all the things she wanted to do. This included being hurled around in some simulator machine that literally had us upside down and to each side and all over the place. Appare …
22nd October 2009
Rupert often tells me that the girls are just like me and that Leo is just like him. This happens a lot when they are being difficult, which is most of the time at the moment. I have tended to agree with him but now have evidence that Leo has, after al …
Guest Blog by our man on the golf course Ivor Shank
19th October 2009
As the world wakes up to a new Formula 1 racing champion in the shape of England’s Jenson Button – which is a bit of a blow to Abu Dhabi’s upcoming race in a couple of weeks – I bring news of another champion. Olivia the golfer. She set out today to th …
Parental Truth number…I’ve lost count
17th October 2009
Here is my parental truth of the day: the girls are being dreadful and I don’t know what to do about it. We don’t beat, starve or lock them up. And no form of punishment we think of (in fact about the only one we can think of is no TV or no pocket mon …
Bend it like Bea
15th October 2009
The girls have been very difficult recently, arguing about anything and everything. Olivia has moved in with Leo and they sleep together on the spare double bed like a young married couple, while Bea now starts in our bed and is carried through to hers …
Our favourite book
12th October 2009
Someone I interviewed once said that the greatest gift you can give your children is a love of reading. I am happy to say that after years of reading to them, encouraging them to read (by paying them 50 pence for every book they finished) and leading b …
Our poor house
10th October 2009
Sainte Cecile was burgled yesterday. I got the news from a friend in the village and felt like weeping. The children were even more upset than I was. “You have to remember it is only things,” I told Olivia, trying to keep calm. “It is not a person.” Sh …
5th October 2009
I have a strange (according to Rupert) and enduring love of England, and more specifically an England that I suspect no longer exists. It is an England full of nice middle-class people drinking tea on lush lawns and playing tennis as the sun sets while …
My Roman Polanski story…..
2nd October 2009
As if you haven’t had enough of me and my encounters with celebs….anyway, in the light of the fuss surrounding his arrest I wanted to share this with you. Back in, I think it was 1977, I was sitting in the Opera Cellar restaurant in Stockholm with my …
The new suit
27th September 2009
I just had to show you all this…….we went shopping yesterday and Leo fell in love with his first ever suit. It is from Marks & Spencer and I think he looks quite divine, but then I normally do think that. Leo and Marks & Spencer, an irresis …
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.
Helena contributes regularly to UK-based newspapers and magazines and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She is working on a thriller set in Sweden as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
In 2022 her short story The Japanese Gardener came second in the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. One of her stories was also shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize. When she’s not writing, she works as a headhunter for the media and entertainment industry for the Sucherman Group.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert and their three children.