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A weekend of revelations
4th July 2010
So the most shocking one was that I found myself supporting Germany against Argentina. It started with a nasty foul by the Argies and then a game of football played by the Germans the way it should be played. Totally magical and heavenly to watch. The …
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)
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.