Mrs Mole: Ronald Searle tells the poignant story behind the sketches that lifted his wife"s spirits as she battled with cancer

My darling Mrs Mole: Ronald Searle tells the poignant story behind the sketches that lifted his wife”s spirits as she battled with cancer

9:12 PM on 14th October 2011

“She was forthright, fascinating and people adored her. She was my best friend”: Ronald Searle on late wife Monica. She died in July this year

“I have only my talent for drawing, so I drew,” said Ronald of creating Mrs Mole. Monica was fighting breast cancer

Each time Monica had chemotherapy - there were 47 sessions in all - Ronald gave her another drawing

Each time Monica had chemotherapy – there were 47 sessions in all – Ronald gave her another drawing

“The drawings gave her (Monica) a little window of hope and, actually, the fantasy became a reality,” said Ronald

To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, these drawings are being published in a book, Les Tres Riches Heures de Mrs Mole (

To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, these drawings are being published in a book, Les Tres Riches Heures de Mrs Mole (“The Richest Hours of Mrs Mole”)