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 but it is only now, on my third day, that I am recovering from the hellish trip. We stood in a queue of about twenty people for over an hour and a half just to get into the airport to be able to get a flight out again. Apparently there is no longer such a thing as a transit lounge. Once we got through we were told by an American Airlines representative that we had missed the flight. We ignored her and ran to the gate where mercifully we were allowed on. This airport security nonsense is crazy. On the way from France I was told to put all my lip glosses, creams etc in a plastic bag. If I were planning to blow up a plane, how would a plastic bag stop me? And the questions…..oh please. Any terrorist with five minutes training would surely know the answers to give to get through. But still at Charles de Gaulle (second only to Miami in terms of unpleasant places to hang out) we waited in line for two hours to be asked if we’d packed our bags ourselves or been given anything to carry on board by some dodgy looking stranger. Why not ask people if they have children/enjoy their lives/think Allah is great or just LOOK at them. Does this white middle class mother look like a terrorist? I don’t think so…..
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.
More France Please, we’re British; Gibson Square 2004
Two Lipsticks and a Lover 2005; Gibson Square (hardback)
All You Need to be Impossibly French; (US version of above) Penguin 2006
Two Lipsticks and a Lover; Arrow Books (paperback) 2007
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (hardback) 2006
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (paperback) 2007
So Chic! (French version of Two Lipsticks) Leduc Editions 2008 (also translated into Chinese, Russian and Thai)
More, More France; Gibson Square 2009
To Hell in High Heels; Arrow Books 2009 (also translated into Polish)
The Viva Mayr Diet; Harper Collins 2009
Love in a Warm Climate; Gibson Square 2011
The Ex-Factor; Gibson Square 2013
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles; Gibson Square 2016
The Arnolfini Marriage; Amazon Kindle December 2016
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles (paperback); Gibson Square spring 2018
The Longest Night; Gibson Square spring 2019