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6th November 2010
OK, I know my blogging has been sporadic to say the least, but things have been madly hectic. So here is a summary of some of the events you may have missed, in number-crunching form. 96,266 – number of words that my novel is, finally sent to my publis …
Something to look forward to…..
27th October 2010
Today, as I sat in a traffic jam on the way to the gym, I decided that what is good about life right now is that there is a lot to look forward to. It is Bea’s 10th birthday, and this afternoon she is coming to work and then we are going shopping. Tomo …
A moving experience
25th October 2010
Last time we moved, and I mean really moved, as opposed to leaving Sainte Cecile with a car full of belongings, I was eight months’ pregnant. Rupert had already gone on ahead to France to “prepare” the new house and I was left with Olivia to pack up ou …
A poem from Bea
18th October 2010
Under the sofa I’m lying down under the sofa the only thing I see is the table. I can smell my mum bringing some chocolate cake to my dad. I feel so hungry that cake is making my tummy rumble. I can see my mum and dad eating it. It’s 8:00 o’clock now I …
What a difference four weeks makes….
9th October 2010
Olivia was away for most of the summer, staying with my mother in Italy. But when she came home, apart from speaking some Italian, there was no discernible difference. After four weeks of boarding school she has become a teenager. This may sound bad, i …
This Devil wears Zara…..
27th September 2010
One of the first conversations I ever had with Rupert was at the business magazine we both worked at when we were starting out in journalism. “Why aren’t you working at Vogue or some other woman’s magazine?” he asked. I remember being terribly insulted …
A Real Man
22nd September 2010
Some of you will have seen this, but it is so funny I am posting it in case any of you have missed it. A real man is a woman’s best friend. He will never stand her up and never let her down. He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her …
A visit to the boarder
19th September 2010
We headed up to Dubai yesterday to visit our boarding-school girl. She had a heartbreaking wobble when we first arrived but things went from bad to truly wonderful. She is a joy to be with and already seems so grown up. I fear though that she may be in …
Boarding school Dubai style
13th September 2010
As thousands of Olivia’s contemporaries settle into damp, cold boarding houses all over the UK, she has moved into what is locally known as the ‘Dubai Palace’ for her first term as a boarder at Repton School Dubai. The accommodation is a vast villa, wi …
A novel approach to the school uniform
8th September 2010
On Monday school starts for all three children. The little two are going to go to a sweet little primary school here in Abu Dhabi called The Pearl, and Olivia, who starts ‘big’ school is off to Repton in Dubai. Repton is an English school and Olivia wi …
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.