Who is Alastair Borthwick? Well, he is the author who wrote some of the most famous Scottish books: “Always a Little Further” and “Sans Peur.” He was born in Rutherglen South Lanarkshire, Scotland. But his father landed a job in Glasgow and forced them to relocate. The exceptional writer was an alumnus of the High School of Glasgow. In school, Borthwick was an active member of the school’s Officer Training Corps (OTC).
Alastair Borthwick graduated from high school aged 16. A few months after graduating, he joined the Evening Times, a popular newspaper based in Glasgow. He served as one of the paper’s copytakers. During his stint at the Evening Times, the exceptional writer wrote on a wide variety of topics, including women issues and children pages. A few years later, he landed a job at the Glasgow Weekly Herald. He helped Herald come up with exciting and informative articles, which helped it gain readers and expand to more regions.
In 1935, Borthwick (@AlastairBorthw1) moved to London and became a writer and editor at the Daily Mirror. The daily mirror was one of the most read newspapers in London, so this was a huge achievement for Borthwick. Within a few months, however, Borthwick decided to go back to his hometown, Glasgow. Why? Well, according to Borthwick, London’s culture and lifestyle did not match his wants and was a bit complicated than he had expected.
In the summer of 1939, Borthwick launched his first book: “Always a Little Further.” What was the book about? The book contained articles about hillwalking and rock-climbing and how they had become popular in Glasgow, especially among young and working-class citizens. The book became an instant hit and is still one of the most popular books in Scotland today. During the world war, Borthwick joined the British army and served as an Intelligence Officer. After the war, the acclaimed broadcaster and journalist published his second book, “Sans Peur.” This book also gained popularity instantly. It is still on the market today, and readers love it. Alastair Borthwick died in 2003 at the age of 90.