30th November 2006
I arrived in London this evening by train. I took a taxi from Waterloo to my hotel next to Broadcasting House where I have to be first thing for Woman’s Hour. Turning into Oxford Street I had the impression I had landed in Hong Kong as opposed to arriv …
Hearing is believing
28th November 2006
Yesterday I had the strangest experience. I was being interviewed on Radio Cumbria about Ciao Bella and they played a recording of someone reading from the book. There was atmospheric Italian music in the background and I found myself being swept away …
How to become a best-selling author
25th November 2006
I don’t know, do you? Maybe I should ask the odious Jeffrey. All I know is that having written three books, had this last one and the one before serialised in both the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times and had great reviews, the only real money I ever se …
Jeffrey Archer – is this man really worth
20th November 2006
Like most impoverished authors I found the news yesterday that Jeffrey Archer has signed a £12 million book deal nauseating. The only time I ever read an Archer book I was laid up in a German hospital with brain damage. I had been out cycling when a lo …
Seduced by Marco? Not me
18th November 2006
Another day, another kiss and tell about some celebrity chef. Today I read the tearful saga of a waitress Marco Pierre White apparently wanted to leave his wife for. She now feels totally let down as the rogue has not in fact left his wife and she has …
16th November 2006
It’s only when you go somewhere like Amanyara where I have just come back from that you realise how ghastly most of the world is. I am sitting at Charles de Gaulle airport where my flight to Montpellier is delayed, my head full of the colours of the Ca …
14th November 2006
Whoever said it is better to travel than to arrive had never been to Miami airport. As I write I am in the Amanyara resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is as close to heaven as I have ever been; white beaches, clear water, fresh fish every day b …
Still in London
7th November 2006
This is my last day in London before going back to France. I was meant to go by train but, joy of all joys, sncf is on strike yet again so now I have to fly. London has been great, it’s always a good place to visit, but tough to live in. Last night I w …
My first blog post
5th November 2006
People have been telling me for ages I should create a blog. So here I am. This is it, my first ever blog, a place to write all those things the newspapers I work for don’t want to print or things that get edited out of my books or just daily news. Rig …
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.