16th December 2008
Today is my birthday. So why am I not elated? I don’t know. I have woken up with a splitting headache and grumpy as hell. “I think you must be in your forties by now,” said Rupert when he woke up, which didn’t help matters. I suppose the fact is it is …
14th December 2008
So this is it. It has finally happened to me. They say when you move to the UAE you gain what is affectionately known as the ‘Dubai stone’. I won’t be doing that, I thought smugly, sipping my grande latte (full-fat milk, natch). Oh dear. And double dea …
11th December 2008
Getting into bed last night with my laptop and my newly-purchased box-set of Sex and the City it occurred to me that happiness is all about little things. Like getting into bed at 9pm with over 100 episodes of Sex and the City and a green tea. I have t …
Letter from Zimbabwe
9th December 2008
This plea for help from a man in Zimbabwe arrived today. I don’t know what I can do to help, but rather than do nothing am posting it. What can you do? I reckon that these are the last days of TKM and ZPF. The darkest hour is always before dawn. We are …
Special guest blog from Rupert
5th December 2008
For anyone who has filled their car with petrol over the last year and baulked at the bill, I can set your mind at rest: the price was worth paying. Of course, that’s with the exception of the share taken by western governments, who fritter it on usele …
I don’t want your freedom….
4th December 2008
So I missed ‘Freedom’ because we were keen to leave the concert before everyone else in case of a two-hour traffic jam. Actually I forgot to mention that Alicia Keys played before George, she was truly incredible, I liked her almost more. Especially wh …
Older than the hills
1st December 2008
Tomorrow is the UAE’s birthday. It is 37 years old. That makes me older than the country I am living in. Kind of makes you think. How often does that happen to a person I wonder? The whole city is lit up like a Christmas tree. There are cars completely …
A different world
26th November 2008
It seems like a different world to the one we arrived in. When I first had to have documents translated from French to Arabic by an official translator it felt like an insurmountable task. Find the translator (there is only one in Abu Dhabi which trans …
It’s a girl!
23rd November 2008
So Wasta (pictured) is a girl, and she is now called Chloe, which suits her well. She seems to be settling in well, and has helped the children to settle down too. They are a lot happier I am pleased to report and have not mentioned moving back again. …
We have wasta
20th November 2008
Wasta is what you need to get ahead in the Middle East. It can best be translated as connections or influence. Yesterday as Rupert and I were walking to lunch a tiny black and white kitten literally threw itself in my path and started miaowing at me. …
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.