In 1913, a future author and soldier is born, the late Alastair Borthwick whose remembered for serving his country and enjoying nature and its natural beauty. He a former broadcaster, journalist, writer, and war historian with published literature and a memoir. His authorship includes Always A Little Further and Sans Reur which explores his hiking adventures and the time he spent transforming the battalion into a fight squad. Alastair worked for Evening Times 16 as a copytaker writing film pages for women and children. He worked for Daily Mirror for one year before switching to a radio broadcasting career.
During WWII, Alastair Borthwick got an offer he absolutely couldn’t refuse, which was writing the history of the battalion. His story of serving in the military came to life in his book detailing the evolution of trained fighters. This occurred after his time in Europe, Sicily, and Western Desert when he ranked as the battalion intelligence officer. After the war, Borthwick moved to Jura and then to Islay with his family, and eventually to South Ayrshire for life. Before his passing in 2003, Borthwick final wish is that he’s remembered as an author on a journey committed to meeting deadlines.
The book Always A little Further influenced the inspirational movement of Wandervogel, enthusiast hikers. The enthusiasts gained much interest in Northern Europe in the early 1930s. He and other unemployed men and women spent their time hiking through the mountains and embracing its natural beauties. Once the shipyards closed, they made hiking a hobby spending time with family and co-workers to relieve a lot of stress. Alastair Borthwick enjoyed life at its best seeing natural resources, such as the mountains in a different view, belonging to mankind.
It was many years later that his publication of the book received acceptance by Fabers. The first approach of having it published was a failure until one director insisted on publishing it. His book is a classic for its spontaneous humor, realistic descriptions, and characters. The legacy of Borthwick will attract hikers of the 21st Century to learn about the history of hiking.