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Helena Frith Powell writes the French Mistress column in The Sunday Times about living in France. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harpers.
Helena was educated at Durham University and lives in the Languedoc region of France with her husband Rupert Wright and their three children Olivia, Bea and Leonardo and two step-children Hugo and Julia.
"e;Helena Frith Powell noticed her first wrinkle when she accidentally caught sight of herself in her car's rear-view mirror. It set her off on an entertaining quest with herself as guineapig to try and test both the simplest and the most invasive weapons in the battle against the effects of time on the face, body and mind. Her aim? To find what products and therapies really work with the least effort or spending a fortune. Diving deep into the world of anti-ageing, Helena humorously describes her experience as a guinea pig for the latest effective treatments. She interviews beauticians, doctors and scientists and discovers anything from improved breathing techniques - did you know it can affect the way you look? - to a procedure that is the equivalent of having your skin fried! She even gets to meet a handsome pair of surgeon twins, a woman who swears regular fasting keeps her skin young and a scientist who believes we can live well to a thousand!On her way, Helena uncovers the simple secrets that will make you look at least ten years younger without trying too hard or spending a fortune."e;
With the summer beckoning, life in France seems the ultimate dream for all of us rosbifs. But behind the sun, the wine, and the beautifully honey-coloured houses what is the reality of actually living in France? Based on her own experiences, those of her friends and of the many readers who write in to her Sunday Times column French Mistress, Powell tells the story of the daily passions in La Douce France warts and all in a fresh, fast and humorous narrative.
What do you do if you find a bra in your husband's luggage that isn't yours? Or even his! This is the dilemma facing mother-of-three Sophie Reed, shortly after she moves to France with her family to start a new life. As they are unpacking her husband admits to having an affair with a French woman called Cecile. Sophie thinks about throwing him out with the bra. But then what? Should she move back to England? Her inner French woman tells her otherwise. She is getting to know her enigmatic, aristocratic neighbour. And then there is her old flame, the breathtakingly sexy, and now famous, Johnny Fray...French women think nothing of having several lovers, but is that the answer for an inexperienced English girl who has been married for ten years?
Sooner or later, it happens to everyone: getting older. Some do it gracefully, others less so, but no one is immune to wrinkles and grey hair creeping up, seemingly overnight. And once they're there, they're hard to shift. Helena Frith Powell, fashion and lifestyle journalist extraordinaire, didn't even want to think about surrender. Surely, something could be done about advancing age? Armed with potions, lotions and pills (as well as resorting to a few much more extreme measures), she sets out to investigate any and all anti-aging tricks out there. From green tea and botox to yoga and exfoliating masks, To Hell in High Heels is the hilariously funny tale of one woman taking on the body clock, giving you a tried-and-tested survival guide for that ill-fated moment when the first wrinkle dares show its face.
At the age of eleven, Helena Frith Powell's mother gave her a letter after school. It was from her real father her mother told her, not the abusive and moody man Helena had always assumed was the one. This new father was glamorous, an Italian film maker, and he would like her to meet his family on a grand tour of Italy. The moving discovery of Italy and the many relatives Helena never knew she had is wittily described in Ciao Bella, the memoir of her trip through Italy with her father. In a new twist, her father receives a prestigious literary prize in 2008 at the age of 80 and is reunited with her mother after 25 years - will it last?
Why is it that French women look just as glamorous in a T-shirt and pair of jeans as in a sleek designer dress? How do they look sexy, chic and timelessly elegant from eighteen to eighty? Pencil-thin, stylishly dressed and, always, impeccably groomed? In search of answers, travel and lifestyle journalist Helena Frith Powell goes behind the scenes to investigate the famous French je ne sais quoi. Talking to fashion gurus, beauty experts and It Girls, professional seducers, lingerie designers and personal shoppers, she discovers a whole new world: indispensable wardrobe and beauty secrets; shopping done the right way and exercise routines promising lasting success; advice on sex toys, family life, relationships and clandestine affaires. French women, Helena realises, achieve maximum effect with the least amount of effort. And with the help of a few little secrets, you too can become impossibly French ...
There was one subject that was never mentioned when Helena Frith Powell was growing up - her eccentric Italian father. But one day a letter arrived saying that he wanted to meet her. She travelled to Italy with her mother and was mesmerised by him, as well as stunned by his advice on sex and relationships. He introduced her to Rome, Venice and Naples, and they stayed in touch irregularly until she lost contact with him when he stormed out of her wedding, leaving her mother to walk her up the aisle. Several years later, the mother of three children and the author of two successful books, Helena travels to Italy to write about the glamour of Italian women. But walking up the steps of her father's old Florentine apartment powerful memories come flooding back, and she realises that there's another story she needs to tell. She desperately wants to understand the peculiarly strong emotional bonds that tie them together despite his unreliable nature. In this moving and entertaining journey to the places she visited with her father, Helena combines descriptions of Italy, its food, fashion, culture and people with a search for the most mysterious man she's ever met.