Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, but he was raised at Glasgow town since his parents had relocated. He attended Glasgow High School, but at the age of 16, he left school to join the Glasgow Evening but later was promoted to join Glasgow Weekly Herald due to the demand in labor. Alastair Borthwick working in these companies served various roles including compiling crossword, answering queries from readers, editing films and writing multiple articles related to topics on women and children. The Glasgow newspapers had an open-air forum where people had the opportunity to share their life experiences, and it’s through this page Alastair Borthwick learned about the Scotland hiking movement. Previously hiking was for the rich and famous people but at this period in Scotland, it was gaining popularity among the young generation who had formed associations and the middle-class people especially the unemployed.
Alastair Borthwick was interviewed by James Fergusson of the BBC Studios who gave him the opportunity to share the hiking experience with listeners. Alastair Borthwick confidently shared his expertise. According to James Fergusson, Alastair Borthwick treated the microphone as a person chatting and raising hands to describe how people explore the Scotland hills. He was employed to host a show related to hiking experience therefore during the Weekends Alastair Borthwick joined the hikers and slept under the rocks. He was inspired to write a book Always a Little Further which explains the lifestyle of Scotland people. The text is full of entertainment since Alastair Borthwick used vivid description, humor among other exciting styles.
In 1939, Always a Little Further was published with the help of T.S Eliot who was a director; since then the book has never left the print. Alastair Borthwick also wrote another book which was inspired by the hardships he went through during the Second World War. He joined the Seaforth Highland battalion to fight the Germans, and they had to walk for miles through the desert and between enemies. Alastair Borthwick wrote Sans Peur.
When the war ended, Alastair Borthwick moved to live in a small cortege with his wife in Ayrshire where he died at 90 years.
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