A very silly girl…and a very nice airline
7th August 2009
So we showed up at the airport last night at midnight, ready for our 2am flight to Geneva and our holiday. “Geneva?” said the young man at the Etihad counter. “There is no flight to Geneva tonight.” “Ha ha,” I said. “Very funny.” Sadly he wasn’t joking …
Where’s the cup?
6th August 2009
I remember being shocked in France when our childminder, among others, would tell the children things that were plainly not true in order to calm them down. So, for example, if I dropped them off before I was due to go off on a trip and they started cr …
How to go on holiday and lose weight….
28th July 2009
It was a scene you seldom see. We got back last night from five heavenly days in Lebanon and I had actually LOST a kilo. When did you last lose weight on holiday (unless it was deepest India)? Exactly. Well I have the answer. You go on holiday with my …
Life in Lebanon
24th July 2009
We are staying with our friend Ghada on top of a mountain. I am writing this on the terrace of her parent’s house looking out over rocks, trees and, in the distance, the sea. Around us the countryside is like the Languedoc, we went for a walk and for t …
The Grand Tour
10th July 2009
As I write the girls are on their way to Lake Como with my uncle and aunt. They flew at 2.30 am from Abu Dhabi and landed in Milan this morning. Olivia said she was tired (possibly the first time she has ever admitted it) whereas Bea was totally overjo …
Home again…or is it?
16th June 2009
Sorry for the long silence. We are back after an amazing trip to England and France. I absolutely loved it. OK so it rained most of the time, but on Sunday we were in Herefordshire and it was the MOST glorious day. On a sunny day there is nowhere as be …
Fear of Flying
3rd June 2009
Not the book by Erica Jong, but real fear. After the Air France crash I have it even worse. And it was pretty bad to begin with. It is just one of those things I have always hated and always dreaded. At one stage (when I was about 19) it got so bad tha …
19th May 2009
I had a great time. The other people on the press trip were fabulous fun. I haven’t laughed so much for years. It was tough: three countries in four days, and all that shopping, as well as luxury hotels and slap-up meals, but what’s a girl to do? I hav …
A literary secret
15th May 2009
Swift, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett: the list of great Irish literary figures is long and extremely impressive. Yesterday as I wandered around the Museum of Writers I started to wonder why this ’emerald isle’ has produced so many literary grea …
A bedtime story
13th May 2009
I am in Munich where I have not been since I lived here for a year more than a decade ago. It is lovely to be in Europe; the sky is grey, the food seems fresher and the wine does not taste like boiled sweets. This morning I start my gruelling shopping …
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.