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29th June 2010
Just had this note from our tenants at home… ‘The house is OK but we had a serious fire here yesterday and had to evacuate the area. The hill opposite the house (to the north) was affected with the fire coming over the top from the other side and the …
The ultimate abusive relationship
27th June 2010
I am watching England v Germany as I write. I have decided that supporting England is like the ultimate abusive relationship. They do just enough to keep you interested by changing their shirt colour and beating the Netherlands once every few years and …
The difference between girls and boys
21st June 2010
During the car journey back home from Oman we asked the children what they had done that morning. “We woke up,” said Bea, referring to herself and her friend Polly, “we went for a bike ride up to breakfast and then we had breakfast. We had cut up banan …
Popping to Oman for the weekend
20th June 2010
One of the advantages of living here is that you can pop to Oman for the weekend, which is what we did last week. We drove from Abu Dhabi over the border to the Musandam Peninsula and the exclusive, gorgeous Zighy Bay resort. Arriving there from the ci …
Happy Birthday to my first-born
14th June 2010
I was a stepmother before I was a mother, to the lovely Hugo and Julia, who were still little enough to really mother and look after. “This is perfect,” I used to say to Rupert. “Two beautiful children and I still get to keep my figure.” Then something …
One night in Bangkok
9th June 2010
So I finally get a good night’s sleep, in Bangkok. Probably not what most people come here for but it made me happy. We are here for three days; Rupert is writing a cover story for the Travel section about it. I did not pack any red clothes, nor any ye …
My strategy for Gaza
4th June 2010
Living in the Middle East I see a lot more news about Gaza than I did in France. Here it is a huge story. And of course there is only one ‘right’ side from here. I am becoming increasingly pro-Palestinian. Obviously I do not condone terrorism or extrem …
108 sun salutations
31st May 2010
On Saturday I went along to my favourite yoga teacher’s class to do 54 sun salutations in a row. Why on earth would you want to do a thing like that you may wonder, but I was scarily excited by the challenge and wanted to see how tough it was. I was un …
It’s that time of year again…..
25th May 2010
French Open time…..maybe they would like to be in my book? here is one I will miss this year…. finally, here is another one for the road…. (that’s enough semi-naked tennis players, Ed)
23rd May 2010
I was ill in bed for most of the weekend so I worked on my novel. It has been renamed Love in a Warm Climate, which I like, although I did also like Lost in France. Mainly because of the Bonnie Tyler song. The name may have changed, but the worrying is …
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.