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Alastair Borthwick, The Scottish Whose Two Books Continue To Garner Widespread Ridership Long After His Demise


Alastair Borthwick was born in the town of Rutherglen on February 17, 1913. He was raised in Troon but attended his elementary school in Glasgow. At age sixteen, he was already out of school and started work as a copytaker for a local newspaper, the Evening Times. During his life in school, Alastair Borthwick had a chance to sharpen skills in a number of things including his love for journalism and the study of various discoveries that included mountain climbing. Alastair also got a chance to enroll as an Officer Training Corps, a section that trains intelligence officers who later served at the same capacity.

In later years, during the Second World War, author Alastair Borthwick served as the Intelligence Officer in charge of several areas that include Italy, Germany, Holland, Sicily, North Africa, and many other parts of Western Europe.

After High School, Alastair started work as a copytaker at the Evening Times. He got a chance to familiarize himself with the daily rules of journalism. He later moved to serve at the Glasgow Weekly Herald, a paper that gave him a larger exposure thanks to its widespread readership. Some of the stories Alastair wrote for the Herald covered issues on children, women, and sometimes he was asked to craft lead stories. All these gave Alastair Borthwick a chance to do a lot of research. Later, he owned the Open Air, a column where he discussed various discoveries in the world. What captured many readers’ attention was how he reported on rock climbing. He later started another column, which he named Crossworld. Under it, he published many articles on mountain and rock climbing. These articles attracted massive readership because of the conventional approach he gave them. Later, it was evident that the ‘rock climbing’ sport was no longer a sport for the rich and famous, as it was known across Scotland before Alastair’s articles. As many people got interested in the articles, Alastair was also thinking about how he could publish his book. The time came in 1939 when he formally compiled the articles to publish his book, “Always A Little Further“.

According to one reader, Ken Wilson, the book was an eye-opener. He says, “It tells the common person to take up rock climbing to himself.” Alastair Borthwick also published Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945′. He died on September 25, 2003.

Article Reference: https://chronicleweek.com/2018/10/alastair-borthwick-modest-writer-whose-heart-belonged-nature/

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