Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 Rutherglen town. At the age of eleven, his family moved to Glasgow. He went to Glasgow High School but left when he was sixteen years old. He started working as a telephone boy at Evening Times. After a short time, he went to Glasgow Weekly Herald where he performed a wide range of tasks. He edited films and kids content due to the shortage of staffs at the entity.
He later secured a job at Daily Mirror in London. His role here was reporting. A year later, he joined a press club and then the BBC where he worked as a radio presenter. The gained much experience that he could use in the media and writing sector. He felt that it was the right place he could utilize the experience he garnered while he worked for different media stations. Alastair Borthwick performed various tasks and thus had gained a wide range of expertise.
Alastair Borthwick forever believed in going a little further. He was a famous author, incredible journalist, war historian, organizer of national exhibitions and broadcaster. He was an outstanding writer of superb pieces in different types. One of his most famous books is the “Always a Little Further” which he published in 1939.
In the Always a Little Further, Alastair captured the start of “grassroots” movement inside the Scottish Hills. The inspiration for the book was from “Wandervogel” a movement in Germany at that time. It was a unique way of passion for hiking. It spread to Europe in the early 1930s leading to national youth hostels associations being established. Alastair was among many people who went to the hills over the weekends, slept under rocks, and had a rough living.
Alastair Borthwick was among a group that was focused and not worried about the huge unemployment. They all believed that natural beauties and mountains belonged to them. He made good friends with prominent people. Always a Little Further gained popularity as beautiful outdoor literature. The book is remembered due to outstanding characters, vivid descriptions, and humor different from other mountaineering and climbing literature at that time.