November 21, 2018 · Business Leaders

Alastair Borthwick, a Scottish author and broadcaster, has written books on mountain climbing and World War II experiences as a foot soldier. Borthwick was born in 1913 in Rutherglen. However, he was raised in Troon during childhood and in Glasgow in his teens. At the age of 16, he worked as the “telephone boy” at Glasgow Evening Herald. He then moved over to Glasgow Weekly Herald where he was a writer and editor of the Children’s Page, Film Reviews, Readers’ Letters and Readers’ Queries, Women’s Page, and contributor to the front page. He also wrote for the “Open Air Page” section where he discovered the city’s love for outdoor activities and, more importantly in his career, rock climbing. Borthwick mentioned how obsessed he was about it, and his experiences mostly ended up in the paper. From this experience, Borthwick used it to write most of his material in Always a Little Further.

Many Glaswegians hitched-hiked north towards the West Highlands where they explore places like caves and form climbing clubs. Alastair Borthwick recorded the personalities of these hikers which became a supplement to his work Always a Little Further. With added humor, Borthwick used this work to portray the major social change that was arising in that period.

in 1934, Alastair Borthwick found that he had a talent for broadcasting. During an interview with BBC, Borthwick mentioned to James Fergusson that he was climbing over the weekend. Fergusson was curious, so he scheduled a 15-minute radio interview about Borthwick’s weekend climbing. During that radio interview, Fergusson observed that Borthwick had natural talent speaking over the radio. As he observed Borthwick’s actions, the way he spoke, and ethsiasum, he knew that it was the way to do it. It was then Borthwick would start a career in radio and television broadcasting up until 1995.

Alastair Borthwick also recorded his experiences in World War II as an Intelligence Officer to the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He wrote a book titled Sans Peur which was republished in 1994.

After a long career, Borthwick only wishes to be remembered as a journeyman writer.

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