A bad sporting week, but will it get better?
4th April 2011
So Chelsea are out of the Premier League and Rafa (cue vast pic) lost to Djokovic in Miami. I fear that in terms of the tennis, it is the end of an era. Federer doesn’t even seem to pose much of a threat any more and even Rafa seems rattled by the Serb …
Thank God for Jonny
13th March 2011
I rarely need an excuse to post a pic of my favourite sporting heroes, and a lucky win over Scotland is more than enough reason to….so here he is again, Jonny Wilkinson, the greatest living Englishman….(not to mention one of the cutest). PS Could a …
The Little Captain
21st February 2011
I have been worried that Leo is far too nice for his own good. He never does anything remotely mean or nasty, is constantly kind and considerate and generally just gorgeous. But yesterday he proved that he has a little more mettle than I credit him wit …
The tennis bug…..
12th February 2011
I have been trying in vain for years to turn one of my children into a potential tennis pro, or at least to engage them in the game enough to ensure I always have someone to play with . Until yesterday, I had not been successful. Then came the breakthr …
A sporting bore
27th January 2011
I am officially a tennis bore. I play four times a week, more if I can. A day without tennis feels somehow sad. I talk about it all the time. I wept today when Rafa and Federer were knocked out of the Oz Open. I am reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography. …
A great weekend
2nd January 2011
There are times when pictures speak louder than words….. But let me tell you about it anyway. WHAT a weekend. Three days of tennis and a drinks party with Rafa and Federer as guests of honour (along with Soderling, Tsonga, Berdych and Baghdatis). I m …
A young sporting hero
13th December 2010
In an ideal world, it would be the temperature it is now in Abu Dhabi all year round. As most of Europe freezes under a hideous cold spell, we spend our time outside playing tennis, walking, even doing yoga on the beach. For the children, especially li …
25th November 2010
This week Leo has excelled. He has been football team captain, as well as Man of the Match, and he scored a double hat-trick. At school he won not only the Principal’s Award for his project on snakes, but also table of the week in class. Last night he …
The Lovely Lewis
11th November 2010
I thought very hard about whether to write this blog before or after I meet Lewis Hamilton at the Abu DHabi Grand Prix this weekend. Logically it might be better to write it after, but I often think the anticipation of something is almost better than t …
2nd August 2010
I am having a nice time hanging out with Leo, while the girls are away in Italy visiting Roman ruins and avoiding my aunt. Hanging out with Leo means not only learning to love the Beautiful Game. It means learning to live, breathe, dream, think and tal …
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. Helena is working on a thriller called Thin Ice that will be published in 2021 as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
Her latest non-fiction work Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles came out in hardback in 2016 and in paperback in April 2018.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert and their three children.