Alastair Borthwick, decorated author, journalist, and broadcaster, led a remarkable and fulfilling life having been born in 17th February in 1913 and laid to rest on 25th September 2003. He began his life as a child in Rutherglen then shifted to Troon and finally Glasgow where he schooled at Glasgow High School. In 1929, at the tender age of 16, Alastair felt he was ready for life and stumbled on a working opportunity at Glasgow Herald. His job description entailed copy taking phone calls from correspondents. He worked for years picking a few skills and sharpening his knowledge in the industry.
Years later, Alastair Borthwick would see his job description elevated to an editor in some paper columns. He began to contribute in the paper’s editorial “Open Air” that would narrate more about Glasgow’s hillwalking and climbing scenes that had slowly started gaining popularity. Shortly after his writing skills became recognized for his notable works, Alastair secured a job in London’s Daily Mirror in 1935. He continued to work on his writing strengths as well as make a few additions to his journalism career, but London’s lifestyle didn’t seem to augur well with Alastair’s personality. The inspirational man returned home working for BBC as a radio correspondent.
“Always a Little Further” was a collection of Alastair Borthwick’s intriguing pieces originally traced from Glasgow Herald then published as a book in 1939. Surprisingly, the publication received wide reception contrary to how the publishers expected since the collection would reveal the rich man’s sport to the common man. The book maintains status as the best publication to ever feature outdoor activities in Scotland.
Towards the start of the Second World War, Alastair Borthwick was absorbed into the 5th Battalion as able men and women were recruited into the forces. When the war came to an end, Borthwick who stood and survived the battle as an Intelligence Officer was asked to write about the events and history of the Battalion’s experience. The book was published in 1946 under the title “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion.” Alastair proceeded to settle down with his wife Anne and continued to pursue his passion as a journalist and broadcaster until retirement. See on his books on Amazon.com.