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 …
Big in China
3rd January 2007
Of all places Two Lipsticks and a Lover is about to be published in China. This is very good news. China has a population of 1.3 billion. Of those 49.2% are women. So if only 0.1% of them buy it, I’m quids in. It’s an exciting thought, being published …
Alone at last…..
2nd January 2007
So they’ve all gone. But not before my aunt managed to fall out with me as well, just minutes before she left. She was lecturing me about something and I didn’t show enough interest so she got very grumpy. Stupid really, I only had another half an hour …
Resolutions to be broken
31st December 2006
Every New Year’s Eve I make the same resolutions; do 100 sit-ups a day (at least), drink less, don’t shout at my children, read more and improve my French. This year I am wondering if I should bother with any resolutions at all as I never end up keepin …
To be or not to be a grandparent
30th December 2006
So far the paternal visit is going well. The only person he’s managed to fall out with is his sister, my aunt, by teasing her relentlessly about her capacity to exaggerate the merits or otherwise of a particular kind of rice/pasta/vegetable. She took h …
Learning with Dante
27th December 2006
When I was a teenager I was re-introduced to my father. He is Italian and much to his horror I didn’t speak the language of Dante. Not surprising really as he and my mother split up when I was three and since then I had lived in Stockhom and Berkshire. …
Happy Christmas and peace on earth or at least at home
24th December 2006
Yesterday was the first day of the school holidays and the children were all up at 6.15am. By mid-morning I was running out of ways to entertain them and so did what millions of parents will be doing this Christmas and put them in front of the TV. But …
This woman is not a terrorist
22nd December 2006
As fog causes chaos at Britain’s airports I sit here wondering if I will ever fly again. It’s become such a nightmare that whenever I go back to England I take the train. If I can’t take the train I don’t go. You are treated like a criminal from the mo …
Death and all that
20th December 2006
It’s Frank’s funeral on Friday. I have been trying to explain to the children that he is dead and will be cremated. His wife Virginia will scatter his ashes from their house in a hamlet close to ours. Bea is very practical about it and seems to have ta …
Hidden? You bet.
19th December 2006
“What is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without any pictures?” I felt rather like Alice last night after watching the French thriller Hidden. “What is the point of a film,” I thought, “if you don’t know what the hell is going on?” Hidden has had r …
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.