He is fondly remembered for writing classic books in a field many considered fortuitous. He also produced a unique sphere of reasoning that reflected his exceptional talent. Alastair Borthwick who lived between 17 February 1913 and 25 September 2003 possessed a curative writing talent that drew many readers to his work. He also served as a successful journalist, broadcaster, as well as an author committed to highlighting matters affecting the society. He is primarily remembered for the two books he authored.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen. He resided in Troon before moving to Glasgow where he joined Glasgow High School. At the age of 16, he graduated and found a job at the Glasgow Herald where he was an editor of some of the feature pages. He made a few moves through his involvement in Open Air, one of the company’s papers. Alastair Borthwick was then involved in the firm’s blossoming hillwalking as well as climbing scenes. He later helped foster the scene with his writing where he highlighted the plight of the working people at Glasgow as well as Clydebank.
Alastair’s work was published in the 1930s by Faber as well as Faber. The stock of memorable characters and iconic humor attracted many readers. The economic and vivid descriptions of “Always A Little Further” were recognized as classic outdoor narratives of literature as well as an antidote to the freneticness of life in the city. He noted that it was unhealthy to sweat and worry at the same time.
In matters of professionalism, Alastair Borthwick moved to London where he served at the Daily Mirror. He, however, resigned in the same year (1935). Later, Borthwick managed the press club in Empire Exhibition prior to finding a job at the BBC radio station. He broadcasted on various outdoor topics. He also spoke about Scotland as that became his métier. His adventurous spirit ensured that when the war broke out, he joined it by serving in Sicily, the Western District, as well as Europe. He later became a captain where he served as an intelligence officer for the battalion. He was the team leader of 600 men in 1945 (IMBD).