27th February 2009
For us Friday is the new Sunday. Rupert has taken Olivia and Leo to the golf course. Since we moved here he has rediscovered golf. I catch him practicing his golf swing almost incessantly; in the supermarket queue, while watching the news, when collect …
24th February 2009
There was an Oscar party last night at the Intercontinental Hotel here in Abu Dhabi. Three friends and I decided to go, mainly because the dress code was “red carpet” and I can resist no excuse to wear my full-length sequinned dress which now looks eve …
Where we live
21st February 2009
This morning at half past seven when I went for a walk it occurred to me that I have not written about where we live. We live on a street called Little 8 Street, away from the centre of Abu Dhabi but still close enough to feel part of it. In fact as yo …
First meeting with a policeman
19th February 2009
I have often thought that a place can be defined by its police force. The English bobby, for example, is a thoroughly good bloke who can be relied on to be fair and trustworthy. This is my image of England. The German is rather bossy and neatly dressed …
14th February 2009
When I was little I wanted to be an actress. “You don’t want to do that,” my mother said. “It’s just a lot of waiting around.” Yesterday I saw just how much waiting around is involved. I took the girls to audition for the musical Annie in Dubai. We got …
A Nobel Meeting
10th February 2009
I have long maintained that the Nobel Prize for Literature should only be given out every four years. I don’t think there are enough writers around to warrant such an accolade every year. Now, having met one of them, I wonder if it should be cancelled …
Pain or a needle…?
4th February 2009
Yesterday evening Olivia fell down some steps at the music school chasing Bea. Being Olivia everyone thought she had broken her arm in about seven places. We rushed off to hospital and the doctor thought the same. “I will get you an injection of pain …
Special Guest Blog from Bea – Who Like’s Atlantis?
30th January 2009
who like’s atlantis who like’s atlantis it is very big and very beautifull it got’s the most amazing slide calld the leap of theaf and it’s in dubai but it got’s other slide’s it gots slide’s for little people and it gots the shark tank that’s my fav …
Happiness is a V8 and Robert Palmer
29th January 2009
No, not the vegetable juice, a car. My new car to be specific which is a black super sexy Volvo CX90 V8. It is super fast, super safe with a sun-roof, leather interior and little electric buttons that move the seat until it is perfect for you. This mor …
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
23rd January 2009
Yesterday I really did have breakfast at Tiffany’s. I was invited to an editor’s breakfast to promote the launch of their flagship store in the UAE at the new Dubai Mall. It was not a bad way to start the day but then it got better…. Fast forward (li …
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.