Alastair Borthwick, the famous author of “Always A Little Further,” was born on 17 February 1913. He was an author and broadcaster from Scottish origins. Originally, Alastair was born in Rutherglen but later raised in Glasgow. At the age of sixteen, he left Glasgow High School and grew into a copytaker for renowned Evening Times. Afterward, he teamed up with Glasgow Weekly Herald. Here, he indulged in writing a variety of topics.
Alastair Borthwick discovered rock climbing via writing Herald’s “open air” page. Usually, rock-climbing activities were for the well of, but with the wave of mass employment kicking in, the youth and working-class of Glaswegians increasingly became popular with the sport. As the movement bloomed, a wave of enthusiasm for hiking and climbing spread across Northern Europe. As a result, several social youth hostels societies evolved.
Published in 1939, Always A little Further was groundbreaking. Alastair Borthwick captured the private mountaineering account humorously and cheerfully. This book has continued to attract many readers, and the printing continues to date. Unlike other writers such as W.H. Murray and J.H.B. Bell whose focus was on the climbing and the mountaineering elite, Alastair Borthwick narrated the personalities among the poor but open-minded climbers. The book is a useful document depicting a significant period of social change, but with Borthwick senses of humor, it became more than that.
Hilarious descriptions of hitchhiker’s accounts, naïve beginner’s escapades, encounters with tinkers, hawkers, and tramps all made the book a chef-d’oeuvre of its genre. At first, Fabers rejected the book unsure of the subject matter. Fortunately, for Alastair, T.S. Elliot who was then one of the principals insisted on its publishing.
Alastair other Jobs
Other fascinating jobs came along Alastair Borthwick path. He ran a press club for the Empire Exhibition. He also worked as an intelligence officer at the onset of the Second World War. Once there was the cessation of hostilities, Alastair once more took to the writing of the events of the war. Later he ventured in broadcasting. Before his demise on 25 September 2003, he stayed for five years in a nursing home in Beith. Follow Alastair Borthwick on Facebook.
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