Everything you always wanted to know about the environment…..
11th June 2009
….but were afraid to ask is in this excellent film: www.youtube.com/homeproject. Watch it, it is compelling and very scary. Added to which the filming is stunning. I am in Paris which has to be the most lovely city on earth. I came over the interview …
Spiderman to the rescue….again
8th June 2009
I tried not to think about the fact that things normally happen in threes when Olivia and Bea ended up in hospital a couple of weeks ago. But this evening when my friend Harriett (mother of Leo’s best friend Oscar) called I just knew. “He’ll be fine,” …
A lesson in being grumpy
6th June 2009
For some reason I have been quite ratty this afternoon. It could be because the children are all over-tired and they are making me grumpy with their bickering. We are paying the price for staying at some friend’s late last night to watch the tennis. Wh …
Fear of Flying
3rd June 2009
Not the book by Erica Jong, but real fear. After the Air France crash I have it even worse. And it was pretty bad to begin with. It is just one of those things I have always hated and always dreaded. At one stage (when I was about 19) it got so bad tha …
Leo the King
31st May 2009
This weekend Leo made his big-stage debut at Abu Dhabi’s National Theatre. He played the King in his dance school’s ballet performance. I was totally over-excited the minute I saw the programme. There was his name, up at the top, among the stars. When …
28th May 2009
The American writer Kin Hubbard once said: “No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish.” I disagree. I can’t imagine anyone feeling more helpless than I did last night when Olivia woke up with a temperature of 39.7. I lay there feeling …
Would the real diva please step forward?
25th May 2009
Nicolas Sarkozy”s visit here this week has reminded me of another Frenchman we had visiting a couple of weeks ago; the operatic tenor Roberto Alagna. He is married to the soprano Angela Gheorghiu whom I interviewed when she was here in April. Angela ha …
22nd May 2009
Yesterday we had a day off. We went to the Shangri-la Hotel where we started out in the gym then had a fantastic massage balancing our yin and yang followed by an afternoon by the pool. It was heavenly. The girls were not there, preferring to stay with …
19th May 2009
I had a great time. The other people on the press trip were fabulous fun. I haven’t laughed so much for years. It was tough: three countries in four days, and all that shopping, as well as luxury hotels and slap-up meals, but what’s a girl to do? I hav …
A literary secret
15th May 2009
Swift, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett: the list of great Irish literary figures is long and extremely impressive. Yesterday as I wandered around the Museum of Writers I started to wonder why this ’emerald isle’ has produced so many literary grea …
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.