If only EVERY woman was able to give birth like the French: As new UK mothers are targeted by incontinence ads, a writer who’s had postnatal care on both sides of the Channel reveals the difference
23rd September 2019
DAILY MAIL 7 AUGUST 2019 – When my husband and I moved to France in 2000 with our one-year-old daughter, Olivia, I learned an awful lot about the cultural differences between our two countries from my new mum friends. Not only, it appears, do French wo …
Home-grown Crème de la Mer
23rd June 2019
I have often wondered why, if Crème de la Mer is so effective, no one has come up with a similar, affordable, alternative. Someone finally has. It’s called Crème du Loch and has been developed by UK-based skincare experts using active, anti-ageing ingr …
Milk, butter, dildo anyone?
25th October 2018
Sainsbury’s thinks it can help the one in three Brits who are not happy in the bedroom by selling cheap sex toys. So now you can buy a dildo with your duck and all will be well. I don’t think so. Can you imagine anything less sexy than something called …
5th February 2018
I am reading, well listening to, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Part of the novel is told in diary form. The protagonist not only tells the story by means of her diary, but she goes back into her diaries to confirm facts or assess feelings she h …
Miracle boob job
18th January 2018
The actress Calista Flockhart once summed it up rather well. “I do wish my breasts were bigger,” she said. “Not big, but less small.” If you feel like Calista there is now something you can do about it, without resorting to surgery and with no scars. I …
19th December 2017
A couple of weeks ago I went to a lovely event in Mayfair hosted by a bespoke perfume maker called Elegantes (www.elegantes.co.uk). One of the speakers was a truly inspirational lady from a charity called Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB). LGFB helps women …
Fabulous Christmas stocking filler #1
9th December 2017
This is one of those things that, having found it, I never want to be without it. How many times have you had your car washed and they’ve put some hideous smelling thing in it? Or you’ve got into your car only to find your teenage son has left his foot …
All I want for Christmas is….
30th November 2017
Two of my favourite London-based beautifiers have joined forces to bring you an early Christmas present. The Harley Street clinic Medi-Lift and renowned hairdresser Michaeljohn in Knightsbridge are offering an exclusive seasonal bonus guaranteed to ge …
Trouble with truffles
1st November 2017
As it’s the truffle season I am posting a story I wrote about that magical ingredient set in Rome. It is inspired by one of my favourite short stories called Roman Fever by Edith Wharton. Enjoy the season! Ruth stands on the corner of Via Margutta. It …
We shall never surrender
15th September 2017
We have just moved back to London. At the moment we are in Fulham, which as you can imagine this morning was a bit like a war zone. Helicopters buzzed above us, ambulances whizzed through the streets and there were police everywhere. It made me feel fi …
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.