Patricia Morley joined her husband, who was an officer in the Colonial Service, in Singapore in 1946, and as a professional portrait and sculptor began a period of intense artistic activity. Her main inspiration was her Malay or Malay-speaking household and the relatives and friends who gathered around. Through the medium of her art, Patricia Morley gained an understanding of and empathy for her "other family" which few European expatriates ever achieved. This book is a memoir of her life and includes a range of her most striking portraits.
Introducing Mina; Suppiah and Ahmad; Zeida and others; Peah and her family; Ramadan; Ahmad moves in; Mina's illness; visit to Mersing; Ahmad's secret revealed; painting at Changi; artist and model; life without Mina and Supina; drama in the hospital; a shopping excursion; a Tamil wedding; more family rows; preparing for Christmas; Isnain and Mun; the newcomer; Mina reappears; the Christening; the storm breaks; reconciliation.