Alastair Borthwick’s Literary Work

Alastair Borthwick—the writer and broadcaster who had the skill of capturing the most monotonous and upsetting situations in a light and humorous manner lived between the years 1913-2003. Alastair Borthwick’s “Always a little further” reflected the time when mountaineering and climbing was the activity among the elite class—but the way he portrayed literature was kind of revolutionary because he mentioned the joy of this activity among the unemployed men and women of Clydebank and Glasgow.

By the year 1930, an enthusiastic upsurge for hiking and climbing had spread across North Europe, in the result of massive unemployment among the people of Clydebank. That led to the formation of national youth hostels associations. In an article posted on Medium, it says that Alastair Borthwick’s “Always a little further” depicted an era of major social change, but then, of course, the way Alastair adventurously, humorously and in the lightest manner encapsulated various happenings in a single literary book speaks itself. “Always a little a further” is still enjoyed by readers vastly.

When Borthwick left his school at the age of 16, he became a copy taker at “Evening Times”. After a short while, he joined “Glasgow Weekly Herald”, a newspaper press where he wrote on a vast variety of topics. In the Second World War, he worked as a Battalion Intelligence Officer and gradually reached the position of a captain. However, after the war ended, he also wrote literature over the warfare, the book named as “Sans Peur”. Later for the rest of his career till death, he mostly worked as a television and radio broadcaster.

In the Second World War literature “Sans Peur”, he mentioned the happenings stretching from 1942-1945. He had six months to write the book. Alastair Borthwick received extraordinary reviews over this book. With the dreadful events, he added a pinch of humor which both informed and entertained the readers about World War 2. Alastair himself described the book as “living in a tightly knit family and fighting a war”.

Alastair Borthwick tied the knot with his wife “Anna” in 1946. He lived the last 30 years of his life in Ayrshire, where he settled with his family near a hill on a village farm. The kind of excellent broadcaster he was for BBC is still remembered in good words. His friendly body language and way of talking lured the audience, and it always amused people whether it was his written papers, books or watching the news.

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