The Scottish towns of Troon and Rutherglen were a couple of the childhood homes for one of the countries most beloved and celebrated literary figures. The individual in question here is Alastair Borthwick. He also spent a large amount of his younger years in the city of Glasgow. 1929 marked the entrance of Alastair Borthwick into the workforce when he joined Glasgow’s Herald newspaper. At first, Alastair Borthwick worked as a copytaker. This led to him becoming an editor for the newspaper. It was through this work that he became aware of a new pastime that many of Glasgow’s working class citizens were participating in. This is the activity of hillwalking and soon, Alastair Borthwick became deeply involved in this adventure of an activity himself.
Though Alastair Borthwick worked for London’s Daily Mirror for a short period of time, he soon was back where he felt more at home in Glasgow. After this, he entered the broadcasting industry as a correspondent on BBC radio. Not long after this, the first of the two most celebrated of Alastair Borthwick’s works were published. This was his book Always A Little Further, a work that captures his experiences in the hillwalking scene. It is in this celebrated work that Alastair Borthwick is legendary for his ability to describe in a manner that captures the imagination. In many ways, this book is a perfect time capsule of the period it was written in and about.
When World War II broke out, Alastair Borthwick found himself in the service of the British military. This experience is what led to his 1946 work by the name of Sans Peur. He vividly captured his experiences in the war in this work that further solidified him as a truly unique and important figure in the literary lexicon. Over the rest of his life, Alastair Borthwick would go on with a successful career in broadcasting and eventually moved into the realm of television during the 1960s. Even though he was highly successful in all of these endeavours, he will always be remembered best for the wonderful works of literature that he has left to the world.