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.
Helena contributes regularly to UK-based newspapers and magazines and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She is working on a thriller set in Sweden as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
In 2022 her short story The Japanese Gardener came second in the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. One of her stories was also shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize. When she’s not writing, she works as a headhunter for the media and entertainment industry for the Sucherman Group.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert and their three children.