Alastair Borthwick – writer and broadcaster

Alastair Borthwick was an author, journalist, broadcaster, and a radio/TV producer. He was a man of many talents, born in Rutherglen and wrote about the area for quite some time. One of his hits was his novel called “Always a Little Further,” which documented mountain climbing known to the area as it was published in 1939 and critically acclaimed by fans and critics. It also spoke on the middle working class and others in poverty in Glasgow and Clydebank as some had a small amount of money and had time to go mountain climbing. Alastair Borthwick’s novel would become a hit with his interpretation of the people in the area as it also portrayed the change that was occurring throughout Europe. His style of writing and humor would make “Always a Little Further” a smashing hit.

Descriptions and depictions of interactions with others helped the book climb the ladder of success, along with mountain climbing details in it. Prominent individual E.S. Eliot was the one to help put the book into publication and it has since then been on the market. Alastair Borthwick was raised at Glasgow at a young age and at 16 years old he chose to drop out of high school to become an editor and writer for multiple publications. Much of his writing was featured in the newspapers on weekly basis, one of the papers he wrote for had a section called the “Open Air Page” as it documented outdoor activities native to the area. One of the activities he most enjoyed was rock climbing, which he would later write about in his book.

Later Borthwick would work as a reporter, before getting cut, but this let him visit other areas and go into radio broadcasting. BBC had set aside 15 minutes for Alastair Borthwick to speak about rock climbing. Many witnessed that he had a gift for radio broadcasting with his charm and calm demeanor. The radio broadcaster would then serve in World War II as an intelligence officer and wrote a book about his experiences from the war. Alastair Borthwick would continue his career as a writer and broadcaster before dying in a nursing home in Beith. He always wanted to be remembered as a writer with his talent.

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