If only EVERY woman was able to give birth like the French: As new UK mothers are targeted by incontinence ads, a writer who’s had postnatal care on both sides of the Channel reveals the difference
23rd September 2019
DAILY MAIL 7 AUGUST 2019 – When my husband and I moved to France in 2000 with our one-year-old daughter, Olivia, I learned an awful lot about the cultural differences between our two countries from my new mum friends. Not only, it appears, do French wo …
Give this woman an Oscar…
15th September 2013
I have just read in Muscat Daily the amazing story of Haifaa al Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female film director. Her film, Wadjda, is the first Saudi film ever to be up for an Oscar. It is the story of a young girl’s desire to own a bicycle, a commo …
Why every woman hates Carla Bruni
31st January 2008
Before I start my rant, for those of you who noticed I was missing, I am sorry. The server had to changed for reasons I am not clever enough to understand. For those of you who didn’t, where the hell were you? Anyway it’s not just servers that are driv …
A bike, a fence or a woman?
26th November 2007
A man in London last week was arrested for trying to have sex with a fence. This wasn’t just any fence, it was in Leicester Square Gardens. I know the fence, and very attractive it is too. Apparently Daniel French, aged 24, told police “I’m going to ha …
This woman is not a terrorist
22nd December 2006
As fog causes chaos at Britain’s airports I sit here wondering if I will ever fly again. It’s become such a nightmare that whenever I go back to England I take the train. If I can’t take the train I don’t go. You are treated like a criminal from the mo …
5th December 2006
Things are looking up. Today an interview I did for Woman’s Hour was broadcast and my amazon rating shot up. Let’s hope it has the same effect in the shops. But as my husband points out, I’m still out-selling Proust by about 350,000 so all is not lost. …
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.