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18th May 2010
This morning on the treadmill at the gym I suddenly found myself in tears watching a concert on Arte of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. It has been a morning like most others, everyone is fine, and this afternoon we have a press trip to Atlantis to look fo …
A novel way to look at washing up
14th May 2010
I have just spent four hours in my kitchen, washing up, murdering cockroaches, preparing dinner (Sobu noodles with vegetables along with baked salmon which is marinading as I write) and baking a cake. Unlike a lot of houses here in Abu Dhabi, ours has …
Leo’s life plan
11th May 2010
There are not many upsides to Leo coming into our bed at 3am but here are two. First at 6am I was woken up by him laughing in his sleep. It was a rather delightful way to be woken up, by a little toothless chuckling boy. Then when he woke up he told hi …
A different world
6th May 2010
This morning Leo talked to me about “the other France”, by which he means the France where Norrie and Mary our friends in the Savoie live and not the Languedoc where we are. It got me thinking about how different a child’s world is. England is waking u …
City of Life
1st May 2010
Last night I went to see the first full-length film made here in the UAE; it is called City of Life, is set in Dubai and was directed by a young (and not unattractive) man called Ali Mostafa (pictured below). I ran into him at an even earlier this year …
Money, money, money
25th April 2010
I have decided that the point of being rich is not how many designer handbags you can buy, although of course that is a perk, but that it makes your life much easier in many ways. If you are rich, you can employ someone to do all those things that make …
Those wild New Yorkers….
22nd April 2010
Despite my new high-powered role I still have time to watch films and TV shows on my bed with the girls. The other night we watched Vicky Christina Barcelona. A great film and how beautiful is Scarlett? Luminously beautiful I thought. “Did you see,” as …
19th April 2010
When I took on the job of staff writer at The National, I thought I would never want to do anything else. It seemed a perfect role; roaming around asking questions and not having any real responsibility. I hadn’t worked as an editor since I edited a ma …
What’s new pussycat?
18th April 2010
Friday night I went to see Tom Jones in concert. For those of you who have not heard of him, he is 69 years old and has been belting out hits like ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and ‘It’s not Unusual’ for around 50 years. He is not someone I have hankered to s …
13th April 2010
This girl will go far; note the subtle but lethal combination of bribery and playing on my worst fears in this email asking for a new phone….. Hey mama, I know how you said i have to wait 3 to 4 weeks to maybe get that phone… well i was thinking th …
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.