WHEN four-year-old Michael Glover tumbled over in the street outside his Sheffield school the traumatised youngster was comforted by a kind teacher who came to his rescue.
Back then, neither could have predicted what an impact the experience would have on him.
The consolation afforded to Mr Glover by Elizabeth Brown stayed with him for the rest of his life and provided inspiration for the pages of his latest book.
So when a former classmate read of the encounter with his first teacher, known as Miss Brown, at Firs Hill Primary School, Sheffield, in Mr Glover’s latest offering Headlong into Pennilessness, he put them back in touch.
After almost six decades, the pair were reunited.
Miss Brown, 79, of Woodseats, is now retired.
She became Firs Hill’s longest-serving teacher and she was guest of honour at Mr Glover’s book launch at Sheffield City Hall.
Mr Glover, 63, said: “I remember Miss Brown started at about the same time as me in the mid-1950s.
“I’d only been there a few days and I came a cropper quite badly outside the school.
“I remember being totally distraught until she sat me on her knee, let me cry away the tears and gently consoled me.
“It was so lovely to speak to her after so long.”
Headlong Into Pennilessness is a story of make-do-and-mend in Fir Vale during the 1950s and follows Mr Glover’s life as one of six children living in a two-bedroom house on Coningsby Road.
It culminates in him winning a scholarship to Cambridge University and then working as an art critic and editor at The Independent newspaper in London.