The classic novelist and World War II author, Alastair Borthwick was born in Scotland on February 17, 1913, and died there on September 25, 2003. In between these dates he spent an exceedingly eventful life not just as a writer of books, but also as a journalist, soldier, radio broadcaster, and television scriptwriter. He was born in Rutherglen, spent most of his childhood years in Troon, and moved to Glasgow with his family when he was 11. He would later attend high school at Glasgow High School but dropped out when he was 16 to enter the newspaper industry.
His first newspaper job was as a copytaker for the Evening Times. Shortly afterward he took a position at the Glasgow Herald where he would hold a number of different editing and writing positions. One of the pages for which he was responsible during these years was the paper’s “Open Air” page which had stories about hiking, camping, and mountain climbing in the Scottish highlands. One of the subjects he researched and wrote about was the growing movement and popularity of the commoners of Glasgow and Clydebank for those outdoor activities.
As a result, he himself was drawn into what became for him a lifelong passion for outdoors activities. During this time he wrote a series of articles about his outdoors adventures that in a few years would play a very important role in his life. In 1935, he moved to London to take a position with the newspaper the Daily Mirror. However, he does not seem to have liked London very much. After a year, he quit his job and moved back to Glasgow. There he took up a radio broadcasting position with the BBC. It was at this time that he adapted those articles he wrote for the Glasgow Herald’s “Open Air” page into a classic novel called “Always a Little Further”, which was published in 1939.