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Happiness is a V8 and Robert Palmer
29th January 2009
No, not the vegetable juice, a car. My new car to be specific which is a black super sexy Volvo CX90 V8. It is super fast, super safe with a sun-roof, leather interior and little electric buttons that move the seat until it is perfect for you. This mor …
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
23rd January 2009
Yesterday I really did have breakfast at Tiffany’s. I was invited to an editor’s breakfast to promote the launch of their flagship store in the UAE at the new Dubai Mall. It was not a bad way to start the day but then it got better…. Fast forward (li …
20th January 2009
On the way home from school today we were listening to the radio. Suddenly ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’ came on. I raised the volume and the girls and I started singing along. For some reasons songs always sound so much better when they are unexpected. Fr …
What are you good at?
19th January 2009
This morning in my yoga class our focus was ‘what you are good at’. We had to go around the room, saying who we were, where we were from and what we were good at. I watched and listened to everyone else. “I am a good mother,” said one lady. “I am good …
The sound of learning
15th January 2009
I have just finished writing a timetable for the children’s after-school activities. Just looking at it exhausts me. Leo has football three times a week and now that he has been put forward for the RAD Pre-Primary ballet exam (YES!) he has to take his …
Your equivalent of Mecca
12th January 2009
The other night we went to see a lovely film about the Moroccan 14th century explorer Ibn Battuta’s epic journey to Mecca. He risked everything to get to a place he had long dreamed about and which he felt would complete him as a person. It was not a q …
10th January 2009
Olivia and Bea continue to impress me with their high-tech abilities. Now they are ‘chatting’ to each other via computers. Here is a transcript of their latest conversation: Olivia Wright to Beatrice hi beatrice how are you? i love you but we need to b …
Expat Children Syndrome
8th January 2009
One of the things I noticed about coming back to Abu Dhabi was how much more settled (and nicer) the children are being. It seems to me that going home to Sainte Cecile and realising it is all still there and not about to go away has made them more set …
No school tomorrow….
6th January 2009
So I was watching the Murray-Nadal final when my mobile phone (on silent) vibrated. There was a message from an unknown number. “No school tomorrow” it read. This was good news. Jet-lag had set in and getting up at 6.30am was not a great prospect. But …
A grand day out
2nd January 2009
Can you believe it? We got home to Abu Dhabi after a long and rather hellish journey and headed straight off to a tennis tournament. Not just any tennis tournament. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in ONE AFTERNOON This is the tennis equivalent of buying …
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 wwwbeautyorbeast.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 writing regularly for newspapers and magazines, Helena is also working on a thriller called Welcome to Sweden that will be published in spring 2018. Her latest non-fiction work Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles is out in hardback and will be out in paperback in January 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 in London with her husband Rupert and their three children.
More France Please, we’re British; Gibson Square 2004
Two Lipsticks and a Lover 2005; Gibson Square (hardback)
All You Need to be Impossibly French; (US version of above) Penguin 2006
Two Lipsticks and a Lover; Arrow Books (paperback) 2007
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (hardback) 2006
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (paperback) 2007
So Chic! (French version of Two Lipsticks) Leduc Editions 2008 (also translated into Chinese, Russian and Thai)
More, More France; Gibson Square 2009
To Hell in High Heels; Arrow Books 2009 (also translated into Polish)
The Viva Mayr Diet; Harper Collins 2009
Love in a Warm Climate; Gibson Square 2011
The Ex-Factor; Gibson Square 2013
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles; Gibson Square 2016
The Arnolfini Marriage; Amazon Kindle December 2016
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles (paperback); Gibson Square January 2018
Welcome to Sweden; Gibson Square spring 2018