The Viva Mayr Diet Part II
2nd February 2012
Here is part two, linked to the publication of the book in Germany. A condensed and easy way to follow the Viva Mayr Diet. Happy chewing! Viva Mayr Day 8 Eat early: Sometimes it’s really difficult not to eat late but today we are about to discover why …
The Viva Mayr Diet
16th January 2012
I am here in Munich to promote the publication in German of the Viva Mayr Diet book. But for you lucky followers here (!) they have a condensed English version you can follow day by day, for 14 days, starting tomorrow. Go for it… Are you ready to cha …
What should I write?
7th December 2011
Two bits of news before I get on to the main topic of the day. One everyone in my book club HATED the AS Byatt book and no one had read it, bar one poor newbie who felt compelled to plough through it because it was her first time. The next book is one …
What makes a good book?
22nd November 2011
I have now been a member of a book club for a few months. Not just the one I set up on my own, which has floundered slightly as we are all so busy, but one run by a Sheikha here in Abu Dhabi. We meet every month or so to discuss books at her palace. We …
A good book
2nd June 2011
I am almost at the end of the most brilliant book called Persepolis by an Iranian woman called Marjane Satrapi.I know it’s not new and everyone else has probably already read it, but it has really brought home to me several things. First, the joy of a …
A review in today’s Daily Mail
6th May 2011
Here it is, my first review in a national newspaper, under the heading Chick-Lit. Some may not like being labelled a chick-lit author, but for me, it is actually a bit of a dream come true. A few days ago I got an email from someone who has known me si …
The future of journalism?
27th March 2011
I think I might be in the wrong business. Last week I was approached by a charming young lady from the Guardian, asking me to write an article about the Languedoc (the region where our house is in the south of France). “We can’t pay you,” she explained …
I’m in the money
21st March 2011
Well, not really, but for the first time since I started this blog in November 2006 someone has paid to advertise on it. And I still have to set up the PayPal account to actually get the money, but I feel this is a bit of a breakthrough. Rupes will be …
Book Club Abu Dhabi style
13th March 2011
I flew back here yesterday and almost immediately had to go to a meeting of my book club, not the one I created, but one I was asked to join just a week ago. The book under discussion was We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This is a book th …
Going, going, gone…..
3rd March 2011
Because I use this blog in part as a diary, I am going to post a speech my deputy made today and show you the glorious cake the magazine team had made for me. I just don’t want you to think I am trying to show off. But it was too lovely a gesture not t …
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 Welcome to Smullö that will be published in spring 2020.
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.