So that was Christmas…..
28th December 2009
For me it began with my birthday party – fabulous fun – and ended this morning when my in-laws went back home. Christmas Day was great; lunch around 4pm by which time Noch (see self-portrait below) and I had danced to most of the 80s hits on her i-pod. …
Update on Leonardo
22nd December 2009
I realise that Bea gets most of the column inches on my blog, but I have a few updates on Leo. A few evenings ago we were invited to the Swedish ambassador’s residence to celebrate Santa Lucia. This is a Swedish tradition, a festival of light, where ch …
20th December 2009
There is much to report on family life as the school holidays have begun. For some reason even the weekend seemed busier. I think we probably have only just recovered from the birthday party. And poor Rupert is business editor for two weeks so rarely o …
My first day in Rome by Bea
5th December 2009
I love it here it’s great . Today we are arriving in rome by train it’ gonna take us an hour to get there so wev’e arrived and we went to the taxi station and got a taxi from our appartement and we thought that it would be wonderful but when we get the …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.