If there is one person known for contribution to Scotland’s media platforms, that would be Alastair Borthwick. His works have been known for more than five generations throughout Scotland and the whole world. Known for his book titled “Always A little Further”, Borthwick was able to showcase his talent in writing compelling books on his first try. Because of this book, mountain climbing became one of the most popular miscellaneous activity in Scotland.
Although he was born in Rutherglen, Alastair Borthwick spent his childhood in Troon. When he was a teen, he and his family moved again to Glasgow where he attended Glasgow High School, becoming a member of Officer Training Corps. However, as early as this time, Borthwick knew what he wanted to do in life, so he joined the newspaper “Evening Times” as the copytaker at the age of 16. Later on, he decided to leave Evening Times and join Glasgow Weekly Herald, where he experienced a lot of jobs because they only had five persons in the staff. This decision will make him discover mountaineering, which became the inspiration for his very first book.
Alastair Borthwick used to write in Glasgow Weekly Herald’s “Open Air” where authors can write about something that interests them. He wrote about rock climbing, mentioning camping in caves and more. This theme can be seen in “Always A Little Further” published in 1939. It was a success story; in fact, the book is still being published today. Borthwick managed to introduce the best examples of character developments that made the book famous.
Although his first book was a success, Alastair Borthwick needed to stop writing as he was drafted as in the war. Borthwick reached the Captain rank and was the battalion intelligence officer in the 51st Highland Division’s 5th Seaforth Highlanders. During1941, he was already a lance corporal. After being transferred to 5th Seaforth Highlanders in 1944, he led 600 men and successfully infiltrated German enemy base even with navigation difficulties.
After the war, Alastair Borthwick was tasked to write a book about it, releasing the book “Sans Peur”, which was later renamed as “Batallion“. This was a book different than the other as it shows the tale in the perspective f a junior officer instead of a high ranking official. Borthwick lived with his family peacefully and continued to appear in different media platforms until his death.