“Always a Little Further” written by Alastair Borthwick is about his experiences on hiking and climbing. His interest on this hobby came from Germany and Northern Europe where it was fresh diversion to the youth, it was known as the Wandervogel movement. Hiking and climbing reached Glasgow during a time when it was experiencing high rates of unemployment and with little money and time on their hands, hiking and climbing the mountains became prevalent. It became extremely popular that groups were formed known as ‘Creagh Dhu”. Borthwick shared an interest in this hobby that it influenced him to write his book which accounts for his comical exploration he comes across while hiking and climbing. Alastair Borthwick’s book had a special humorous twist from writers during this time who wrote about expeditions which were only intended for the well off.
During the war he had multiple jobs, like Battalion Intelligence Officer, lieutenant, and captain. His biggest challenge during the war was when he was transferred to the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He led a group of 600 men with obscure inaccurate maps and used his own judgement to sneak pass the Germany, the Germany were shock that the troop strategically were beyond them. The war events influenced his other book “Sans Peur” which was written in 1946 it depicted detailed occurrences his participation in the war.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire in Scotland in 1913. He grew up in Toon and as a teenager moved to Glasgow. He worked at Evening Times as a copytaker at age sixteen and then at Glasgow Weekly Harold where he wrote on several topics. In 1940 he married Anne Corbett and had a son. He had numerous positions as a writer and in television and radio broadcasting. He combined his writing abilities with his personal experiences and wrote two books.