19th December 2017
A couple of weeks ago I went to a lovely event in Mayfair hosted by a bespoke perfume maker called Elegantes (www.elegantes.co.uk). One of the speakers was a truly inspirational lady from a charity called Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB). LGFB helps women …
Fabulous Christmas stocking filler #1
9th December 2017
This is one of those things that, having found it, I never want to be without it. How many times have you had your car washed and they’ve put some hideous smelling thing in it? Or you’ve got into your car only to find your teenage son has left his foot …
All I want for Christmas is….
30th November 2017
Two of my favourite London-based beautifiers have joined forces to bring you an early Christmas present. The Harley Street clinic Medi-Lift and renowned hairdresser Michaeljohn in Knightsbridge are offering an exclusive seasonal bonus guaranteed to ge …
Christmas scene from The Arnolfini Marriage
25th December 2016
To celebrate Christmas, here is a seasonal scene from my latest book. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all Chapter Seventeen Summertown, Oxford December 1995 Summertown is a little like a village in its own right. Residents talk abou …
Anyone for Christmas spirit?
19th December 2012
As I write, Bea and Leonardo are on the balcony, playing cards and singing along to Christmas songs. Every day I am told exactly how many days remain until the big event. Every few minutes they check under the tree to see if there are any more presents …
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. …
Christmas Eve reflections
24th December 2009
I can’t really believe it’s Christmas Eve, but it is and as I prepare for the Swedish Christmas dinner this evening (slightly haphazard but happily there are no other Swedes coming so I could feed them Weetabix and they wouldn’t know it wasn’t a centur …
This is what I want for Christmas
15th December 2009
Just in case you were wondering what to get me…..it’s the new Ferrari California. Apparently it’s very versatile. Although there isn’t much room for the kids. Oh well, never mind. I wouldn’t mind it for my birthday either, which is tomorrow by the wa …
I wish you a Merry Christmas
24th December 2008
For me this Christmas really began with Leo and his ballet performance at Abu Dhabi Mall to the tune of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’. Now we are almost there. It is Christmas Eve and I am sitting by a roaring fire with our Credit Crunch Christmas Tr …
Christmas comes but once a year….
22nd December 2007
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.” This little ditty from the American write …
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.