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Learning a Thing or Two about the World of Writing and Broadcasting through Alastair Borthwick’s Experiences

by Chris Holden - August 6th, 2019.
Filed under: Author, Career, Historian, Journalism, Radio Broadcaster. Tagged as: , , , , .

The Journalism world is an extensive area filled with numerous personalities. Every person is working hard to make a name for himself/herself and go down in history as one of the best to ever do it. Alastair Borthwick is one man who has been able to accomplish this and much more. Alastair Borthwick is a household name among people who enjoy reading and broadcasting. This is because Alastair was able to make a legacy in that particular field. He is widely remembered for his two books; Always a Little Further and Battalion (Originally known as Sans Peur).

A beautiful piece from the Guardian gives a clear insight into the life of Alastair Borthwick and his numerous abilities that made him fit anywhere in the world. The article on the Guardian website describes Alastair Borthwick as a passionate man who loved writing about rock climbing. It goes on to add that he did an exceptional job in capturing the grimness of war through Sans Peur.

Alastair Borthwick came across rock climbing while working at the Glasgow Weekly Herald. His work was mainly focused on the newspaper’s Open-air section. In the 1930s he embarked on a journey of writing a book that has forever been a classic since its publication in 1939. The book he wrote is known as “Always a Little Further.” The book is filled with memorable characters and economical yet clear descriptions. Alastair made sure to incorporate humour and tense action sequences in a bid to make the book interesting, captivating and one that would be suitable for all audiences. In short, Alastair Borthwick did an exceptional job in portraying rock climbing as a classic outdoor activity, one that could relieve the participants of any of the city’s stresses.

In as much as people talk about his significant contributions in the world of writing, it is impossible to scroll past his marvellous work in broadcasting. Alastair Borthwick was a fantastic broadcaster who once worked for Daily Mirror. He even ran a press Club at the Empire Exhibition; this was before he joined BBC. His skills in broadcasting, script writing and spoken word were seen in every show he did, and this made his fan base grow even more.

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