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 …
17th December 2006
Not only is my rating way down but some poor woman has bought the US version of Two Lipsticks and a Lover (called All you need to be impossibly French) thinking it was a sequel. She is understandably furious and calls the book a “con”. Not a great revi …
My friend Frank
15th December 2006
My friend Frank died this morning. He had been ill with cancer for several years so we were all expecting it. But it is so much sadder than I imagined it would be. I suppose the reason it’s so sad is that Frank was so special. Everyone thinks their fri …
St Tropez or bust?
13th December 2006
My amazon rating is holding up very well in the UK but sliding slightly in the US. This is notwithstanding a charming review by a C. Farley from Bakersfield in California who loves the book. Great taste those Californians. But amazon has paled into ins …
The Christmas Party
12th December 2006
It’s that time of year again. Most of my friends are wandering around in a haze of alcohol; either drunk or horribly hungover. Me, I am polishing my halo as I turn down a second Christmas party this season to stay at home and watch my son (pictured her …
Big in the States
10th December 2006
Two Lipsticks and a Lover came out in the US a week ago and Penguin is already reprinting which is great news. It has also made it to the top 10 ‘health & wellness’ books sold there. Sounds like rather a namby-pamby category but any top 10 feels good t …
Something in common with Gore Vidal
6th December 2006
The other reason my amazon rating is doing so well this week is that on Sunday Ciao Bella was listed in the top five memoirs of the year in the Sunday Times. I had no idea this was going to happen and in fact was just complaining to my husband that I w …
5th December 2006
Things are looking up. Today an interview I did for Woman’s Hour was broadcast and my amazon rating shot up. Let’s hope it has the same effect in the shops. But as my husband points out, I’m still out-selling Proust by about 350,000 so all is not lost. …
A tale of two cities
2nd December 2006
I am in the George V in Paris. Sadly I am not staying here with some multi-millionaire pop star lover, but interviewing people for Universal Television. I work as a headhunter when I’m not writing. The hotel is splendid, but I feel rather under-dressed …
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 Welcome to Smullö that will be published in spring 2020.
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.