Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. In his life, Borthwick believed always going a little further from just the ordinary. He is a very renowned author of various journals which were almost not published, but also he was an outstanding journalist, a broadcaster, a war warrior and a planner of national exhibitions. He died at the age of 90, being one of the rare authors with great talent to produce excellent pieces in several genres. Some of his successful writings include “Always A Little Furtherˮ (1939) and “Sans Peurˮ (1946).
Always a Little Further
This book was Alastair Borthwick`s classic that explains the source of grass-roots movements into the Scottish hills. He got the title from Flicker’s poem “Hassan, ˮ which after a short while it became fresh-air classic that up to now has a cult following. “Wandervogel, ˮ a German hiking movement inspired the book, and in early 1930 the movement had spread to northern Europe, and as a result, national youth hostel associations were formed.
Alastair Borthwick was part of many people who went to the hills in the weekends, sleeping under the rocks and lived a rough life. He had close friendships with participants of the movement who most of them were from middle-class level working as berry pickers and tramps. His friends served as an inspiration to his book which he first introduced to Fabers for publication, but they initially rejected him. Although, he luckily meet T.S. Eliot, who was one of the directors who kept pressurizing its release and it has never been out of print since.
After its first publication, a majority recognized the book as a joyful classic of outdoor literature. The book could be easily remembered due to its memorable characters, humor, and vivid descriptions, unlike other climbing and mountain kinds of writing of the time.
Besides that, Alastair Borthwick worked as journalism from 1934 to 1995 where he left a recognizable legacy. He was once asked how he thought he would be remembered and Borthwick respondent modestly that he knew himself as a Journeyman writer who was fit to present decent work on most subjects as required and always meet the deadlines.