Celebrating the career of the legendary writer, Alastair Borthwick

The legendary writer, Alastair Borthwick started his writing career at the age of 16 when he joined the Evening Times. Here he was exposed to the writing industry and thing or two though he never wrote anything mainstream. After some time at the Evening Times, Alastair moved to the Glasgow Weekly Herald. Thanks to the understaffing at Glasgow Weekly Herald, he got a chance to write for the publication. Here, he wrote and edited pages on women, children and film affairs. Alastair was also tasked with answering the readers’ questions, developing crosswords, and writing letters to the editor. As he polished his writing talent, he also got a chance to write several front-page leads.

Celebrated literary works

In 1939, Alastair Borthwick released his first book, Always A Little Further. His experiences as a rock climber inspired this literary masterpiece. He developed rock climbing interest when he was still working at the Glasgow Weekly Harold. He wrote several articles on his experiences on the outdoor activity on the publication which was received well by outdoor enthusiasts of the time. This fame saw some of his articles get published on Faber and Faber. Always A Little Further was a fan favorite and it was loved for its tense action sequences, vivid descriptions, laconic humor, and stock of memorable characters.

After the second world war, Alastair Borthwick released Sans Puer in 1946. This book was a fictional recount of his experiences as a Scottish soldier in the war. This masterpiece was his demonstration of top-notch mastery of the art of storytelling. This book was reissued in the 1980s and 1990s for the new generation, and it was still a hit. The outdoor community exploded with love for his masterful writing skills.



Alastair Borthwick married the love of his life, Anne in 1940. After the second world war, he and Anne saw it wise not to live in the city. In 1945 on Christmas day they moved to the coast of Jura and settled in a small cottage. The lived in this beautiful place for seven years and had a son, Patrick. Alastair passed away at the age of 90 on 25th September 2003.

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