Before Alastair Borthwick started publishing pieces about the hiking community in Scotland, the sport was largely unrecognized. The sport was mainly popularized among the working class which led to it not receiving much attention. While Alastair Borthwick was editing for the Glasgow Herald, he began authoring pieces about hill climbing and hiking around Glasgow for their Open Air column and garnered the interest of readers throughout the country.
Like most journalists, Alastair Borthwick worked his way through the rank until he became a published author and broadcaster for the BBS. While he may have started taking down the copy from correspondents, he eventually earned a position as editor for the Glasgow Herald and his writing talents became known. After moving to London in 1935 to work for Fleet Street’s Daily Mirror, he realized that city life just wasn’t where he wanted to take his life and moved back the city of Glasgow.
It was in Glasgow that he began working as a radio broadcaster for the BBC. He published his first book, Always a Little Further in 1939 under the publisher Fabers. The company showe4d some hesitance at first about publishing his collection of works on hiking from the Glasgow Herald before being swayed by T.S. Eliot, a director for the publisher. To their surprise, the work of Alastair Borthwick became immensely popular and he is still seen as an authority of outdoor sports in Scotland.
In addition to his work on hiking, Alastair Borthwick published a book about his experiences during World War II as an intelligence officer. This book also gained popularity and is frequently reprinted. During the war, he served in areas such as North Africa, Italy, and Belgium as part of the Seaforth Highlanders.
In 1940, he was married to his wife Anne. They made the decision to leave Glasgow to move to Jura where be continued his work with the BBC. He continued to write about hiking and also created pieces covering the sport of fishing. Eventually, they returned to Glasgow before his passing in 2003.
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