A life sentence
20th October 2008
This morning a woman was shot on her way to work in Kabul by a fundamentalist who sped past her on a motorbike. Her crime? It could have been as mundane as being female and having a job. As it turned out she was a western aid worker whom they accused o …
Less misrebulle now…..
17th October 2008
“Hi hope evrefing is fine and i hopes you are happy here evrefing is misrebulle,” Bea wrote to her best friend Manon yesterday. This morning though there is a feeling a little like Christmas in the air. In Rupert’s briefcase there is a contract. At 10 …
The Quest for Eternal Youth
14th October 2008
I am about to interview a handsome young man called Ben Barnes who is in Abu Dhabi for the Middle East International Film Festival. He stars in a great new film called Easy Virtue with, among others, Colin Firth. Tragically Colin is not here or I would …
Save a Prayer…..
12th October 2008
When I dropped out of school aged 16 and got on a bus to London from Stockholm with my friend Suzanna I had one burning ambition. I wish I could say that I was heading to London with a fervent desire to free Tibet or even get a degree but no, I wanted …
Pole dancing my way out of trouble….
8th October 2008
John D Rockefeller said “I have tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” So I tried yesterday to overcome the disaster of losing our dream apartment by buying a car. “Wouldn’t a dress do the trick?” suggested the charming man who is going to …
5th October 2008
One of the most brilliant flashing motorway signs I ever saw was in France on the road from Paris down south. “Restez Zen” flashed above us in big neon letters as we sat in a traffic jam on our way home. It is this attitude I am trying very hard to ado …
Publish and be bombed?
2nd October 2008
When a certain Martin Rynja founder and owner of Gibson Square publishing first wrote to me suggesting I write a book about my life in France I assumed he was a vanity publisher. I had spent most of my adult life trying to get a book published without …
Another tough day in the office….
30th September 2008
I am back at my office at the Kempinski, gazing at the ski slope. The skiing the other day began badly. We all got to the top of the slope and the children refused to go down it. “I’ve forgotten how to ski,” declared Olivia. “How do we get down?” asked …
My new office
27th September 2008
I am in my new office. It is in the cafe of the Kempinski Hotel which is in the Mall of the Emirates. The luxury villa we have been lent by my old university chum doesn’t have internet access, so I have to come here to check my messages. There is an in …
Leo wants a Porsche
24th September 2008
When I was a teenager I had a friend who owned a Porsche. It was white, sporty and made a hell of a noise. A nice noise though. A sort of deep sexy roar. I vowed that one day I would have one. I don’t know if it’s being part-Italian, but I do like a fa …
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.