Everyone loves a cad….
17th January 2007
I am meant to be working but instead am watching Marat Safin in the Australian Open. I am praying he will win. I have long been a fan of Safin’s. This is not surprising as he is tall, well-built, good-looking and Russian (what’s not to like?), although …
15th January 2007
It is generally accepted that if you ask to get into bed with someone once and they refuse, it’s seen as impolite to insist. But during his Normandy upbringing French Prime Minister Guy Mollet must have missed out on this tiny piece of social etiquette …
A tale of two breakfasts
14th January 2007
Looking at my dire amazon rating today, I decided that making enough money to buy a penthouse in Rome from my books may not be that realistic. So I wrote to my aunt in Rome asking her to forgive me and telling her how marvellous she is. (See ‘Publish a …
While the cat’s away….
13th January 2007
My husband is away at the moment. Most women might take this as an ideal opportunity to don matching underwear and go out in search of excitement. Not moi. For me it’s an ideal opportunity to stay at home, wear my old pyjamas and go to bed early with a …
Adios Madrid, howdy LA
12th January 2007
David Beckham has signed a deal to play football in the US. As you would expect it’s worth a lot of money ($275 million over five years). Posh Spice of course is delighted. With her fake tits and skinny body she’ll fit in extremely well with the rest o …
Things everyone should know
10th January 2007
I have just finished reading Nora Ephron’s latest book. It’s called I Feel Bad About My Neck and other thoughts on being a woman. I loved it, although I was a bit disappointed it was really a collection of articles and not one cohesive book. Even thoug …
Two trinkets and a lipstick
9th January 2007
Going through my son’s pockets today before putting his trousers in the washing machine I found three things; a small wooden Father Christmas, an even smaller plastic tyrannosaurus rex and a lip balm. I think this says a lot about him. Aged three he is …
8th January 2007
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to listen to more music. When I say music, I don’t mean Take That’s latest album (although I do have it and jolly good it is too) but classical music. I have this romantic idea of the children growing up with classi …
6th January 2007
I switched on my computer this morning to check out the news. What is one of the lead stories on the BBC website? The improbably named singer Donny Tourette has escaped from the Big Brother house by jumping over a fence. This is news? Hellloooo? Who ca …
Publish and be damned
4th January 2007
When I was in Italy researching my book Ciao Bella I met the author Tim Parks. At the time I was still planning to write my book about Italian women but I told Tim the story of my Italian family. “Now that’s a story I want to read,” he said. I asked hi …
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.