This is the Rev'd Fisher working on a sermon but it turns out that he wasn't the only one connected with the book to also be connected to the school. Surie, the book's illustrator was also at the school as a boy. When he was one day overheard swearing he was sent to see the Chaplain. Fisher encouraged him to start an art society and nurtured his obvious talent and in the holidays, Fisher took Surie home with him as his own parents couldn't afford to fetch him. It was on one of these trips to the Chaplain's home that Surie met Fisher's daughter who would one day become his wife. Thus, A. S. T. Fisher and B. H. Surie were father- and son-in-law. Surie went on to work for an advertising company in the 1960s and was responsible, among other things, for the creation of the Home Pride man and various London Underground graphics. He had to give up art after that but was able to return to it during his retirement in Southern Spain where he still lives.
Ambassador of Loss is something of a love story and family history has it that Fisher wrote it as an antidote to Golding's Lord of the Flies so shocked was he by the violence and bestiality of that newly published novel.