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Back in the family fold
2nd December 2009
We are in Rome, which I have decided is my favourite city. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Rupert told the children as we landed. “It took two days.” “That long?” said Leo. He’s obviously got too used to Abu Dhabi. The day before yesterday the unimaginab …
It’s been a long day….
25th November 2009
Some things children say you never forget for some reason. Like when Hugo my stepson was about three and in a very solemn tone of voice declared that he was tired because “it’s been a long day”. Or Julia my stepdaughter would wake us up and say “it’s m …
The Durham reunion
24th November 2009
This year it is 20 years ago since I left university. I cannot believe it is 20 years, that makes me feel ancient, wrinkly and generally depressed. But 20 years it is and there was only one way to get through the landmark, celebrate with some old unive …
A rare concert
21st November 2009
I had am anguished telephone call from Schamanee our maid today as Leo, Rupert and I played cricket on the beach. “Madam, the girls are putting posters up,” she said. “I don’t know why.” I spoke to Olivia who explained that they are giving a concert to …
Pink champagne and a yellow lamborghini
19th November 2009
Tuesday night I stayed in Dubai. I was there for the Emirates Woman of the Year Award and went to it with my friend Keeley. She is an extraordinary women. Always up to some high-powered madcap thing or other. Her list of friends (apart from me) reads l …
15 minutes of hell
16th November 2009
There is an expression that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame. Well today I had my 15 minutes of hell. I drove back to where Leonardo has his bi-weekly tennis lesson to collect him at 6.15. I was coming from an interview for an article I am writing …
Peas in a pod
11th November 2009
There is a rather old-fashioned English expression to describe two people that are extremely similar. They are peas in a pod. I think one could safely say that Olivia and I peas in a pod. She looks like me (or rather like I used to) and we have scarily …
this is my second blog
9th November 2009
i first started by going in atlantis to go to the shark tank but it was to much of a kueu so me and daddy decided to go on it but he did’nt know where to put his bag so i was waiting at the little pool when he came back we decided to go but olivia and …
The Raffle for Rafa
7th November 2009
Bea and Leo entered their first-ever tennis tournament today. The prize for the winner of the tournament was to play with Rafa and Federer when they come over for the Capitala Tennis Tournament at the end of the year. I realised very quickly neither of …
Thrilling? It will be….
5th November 2009
This week has been mainly about recovering from last. It all seemed very empty and mundane with the glamour of the Formula 1 gone…but all that is about to change. This evening the children and I are off to Dubai to see Navi. For those of you who have …
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.