Can a frog turn into a prince?
5th June 2017
Not even Scarlett Johanssen could do it. Hang on to a French husband that is. Two and a half years after she married Romain Dauriac the father of her daughter Rose, the actress is filing for divorce. She doesn’t give a reason, but in an interview a few …
What’s with all the beards?
12th January 2017
As if this year hasn’t been traumatic enough. Not only have we had the shock of Donald Trump being elected president, the Brexit vote and David Bowie dying. We have men with beards. Beards are everywhere, they are ubiquitous, they are trendy, they are …
What happened to Hugh?
3rd June 2016
My husband’s and my reaction to the images of Hugh Grant doing a great impression of a beached whale in Mallorca were very different. “How disgusting,” I said, pushing away my breakfast. “There’s no excuse for that.” “How marvellous,” said my husband. …
I want a six-pack
27th September 2012
Earlier this week I was chatting to one of the trainers at my gym about six-packs. “I hate this flab,” I told him, grabbing my mid-riff. “I want it gone. I want a six-pack like Fernando Torres.” “If you come here three times a week, you will have one i …
I am a sofa…..
15th April 2011
I went to a baby shower last week, and just to give you an idea of how they tend to do these things in Abu Dhabi, I am uploading a photo. Understated, eh? My first thought as I walked in was of the film Batman, when the duck turns out to be carrying gu …
A Real Man
22nd September 2010
Some of you will have seen this, but it is so funny I am posting it in case any of you have missed it. A real man is a woman’s best friend. He will never stand her up and never let her down. He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her …
Summer is here
22nd July 2010
I may be accused of writing a spurious blog about the summer just so that I can post this picture of Rafa that a kind-hearted work contact sent me yesterday. I deny this accusation. Summer is a very interesting topic and should be written about often, …
It’s that time of year again…..
25th May 2010
French Open time…..maybe they would like to be in my book? here is one I will miss this year…. finally, here is another one for the road…. (that’s enough semi-naked tennis players, Ed)
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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. She is working on a thriller set in Sweden as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
In 2022 her short story The Japanese Gardener came second in the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. One of her stories was also shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize. When she’s not writing, she works as a headhunter for the media and entertainment industry for the Sucherman Group.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert and their three children.