The Life of a Legend, Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was Born early 1913 living in Ruther Glen but was raised in Glasgow town where he went to Glasgow High School. He was devoted to working at Glasgow Evening Times company that served people of Glasgow with daily news. He was the copy-taker, and with time he was promoted to work at Glasgow Weekly Herald where he earned much experience. Alastair Borthwick always had a dream to be a writer hence participated in writing many articles related to children and women. He learned about the hiking experience which was gaining popularity among the young people they had even formed associations for the same. Alastair Borthwick decided to Join the outdoor adventure for rock climbing during the weekend. He experienced much and associated with many people hence gaining popularity.

The Scotland people started Scotland hiker’s movement where they would move in groups to the north and them form camps. Unemployed people used this experience to relieve stress. They believed that it’s not possible to sweat while hiking and worry at the same time. Alastair Borthwick was thrilled by the hiking experiences and decided to record its events in a book Always a Little further. The book was published in 1939 with support and help of T.S Eliot who was a poet. Alastair Borthwick was inspired by the friend he had made during hiking such as Alex Mackendrick, a cheerful person Hamish Hamilton, Boyd Anderson and Stanley Knowles. He used other names in the book to explain their experiences.

Always a Little further explains hiking experience in details using the vivid description style, humor and joie de vivre. There was a time when they moved among a flock of dead sheep while travelling to Ben Nevis. When Alastair Borthwick received the opportunity to be interviewed by James Fergusson he was given a fifteen-minute talk on the BBC radio studios to explain the hiking experience. Alastair Borthwick was modest of his talent as he could speak naturally and did not understand why other people did not understand that; he was employed as a broadcaster hosting a show on hiking experiences.