The Gabianese Nightingale
6th August 2007
It is lovely to be home. Trying to sleep in my hotel in London was like trying to sleep through an episode of NYPD Blues with the volume turned up to max. All I could hear outside were crimes being committed and police giving chase. The St Giles hotel …
One of the upsides to journalism
2nd August 2007
Dear Helena Frith Powell Wonderful piece in Thursday’s Mail on the pomposity of ladies who object to an innocent pinch of le derriere. I’m what you might describe as an older man, but still have hair, most of my own teeth and am told very occasionally …
Just not cricket
1st August 2007
My arrival home has been dominated by cricket. My stepson Hugo has been watching the test match and Leo has become very interested. “One day you’ll play cricket for England,” Rupert said to him this morning. “Yes, now,” said Leo. “You can’t play cricke …
The usual pattern
28th July 2007
It is three months ago since Madeleine was abducted as she slept beside her twin brother and sister in the McCann’s holiday apartment in Portugal. Gerry, her father, has just been to the US to publicise her disappearance. He is said to be keen to go ba …
How to snare a man
25th July 2007
I am happily installed in the Hotel Alla Noce in Limone, a town on Lake Garda. I am here to finish my next book and have chosen this place due to a gene they have that means they live longer. Apparently ten per cent of the population is between 100 and …
A recipe for summer success
22nd July 2007
My laptop and I have been reunited and are on our way to Lake Garda where we are going to spend a week finishing To Hell in High Heels. I have left Rupert alone with five children. It was six, but one of them went back home today, so he really has noth …
21st July 2007
Yesterday Banaz Mahmod’s father and uncle were jailed for life for her “honour” killing. It emerged that not only was the poor girl garrotted and buried in a suitcase, but that she was subjected to a two-hours of rape and torture beforehand. Her uncle …
Things I like
19th July 2007
I have arrived in the Savoie with a faulty outlook express. This means I can’t open any emails. This is the sort of thing that makes me so angry I want to throw my laptop at the nearest mountain, but instead I am going to try to stay zen and focus on t …
How to deal with a control freak
18th July 2007
At her christening when Olivia was only a few weeks old Mrs Miller, a friend of ours and wife to Olivia’s godfather, took her in her arms. “This child is a control freak,” she said. Mrs Miller at the time was running Goldman Sachs legal division global …
Mad dogs and Englishmen
16th July 2007
Summer is really here. I know this not just because it is extremely hot, but my house is full of children. In addition to the usual three I have my stepchildren Hugo and Julia here, along with Julia’s best friend Annabelle. My three-year-old son has ad …
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.