Alastair Borthwick built an impressive career as an author and broadcaster. His work has stood the test of time lasting more than a century. He used experience like living in a working class environment and serving in World War II to help shape his many works of art.
Alastair Borthwick was born in February of 1913 in Rutherglen, Scotland. He spent most of his live in a town called Glasgow where he attended Glasgow High School. Soon after High School he worked for the town’s newspaper- the Glasgow Weekly Herald. During this Borthwick discovered activities like rock climbing and hill walking. As a result, many of his future articles were about working class people from the town who were participating in these activities.
Borthwick would soon take a huge career leap a few years later. His next job was with the Daily Mirror in Fleet Street. Despite the career move, Borthwick was not a fan of the London lifestyle and soon returned back to Glasgow. In an article from the Times, it says that as soon after his return, Borthwick’s collection of pieces called “Always a Little Further”, was published by Fabers. The work was published after T.S. Elliot made a plea to the publisher. The book was very successful and remains one of the best books ever written about outdoor activity in Scotland.
Alastair served as an Intelligence Officer for the 5th Battalion, during World War II. During this time he had an opportunity to see the impact of the war on a number of countries which include North Africa, Italy, Belgium and Germany. Borthwick’s experience during the war lead to his second book called Sans Peur. The book was also hugely successful being in print as recently as 1994.
After the war, Alastair Borthwick moved to Jura and began focusing on his broadcasting career. During his time in television, Borthwick produced more than one hundred and fifty 30 minute programs on various topics. Borthwick moved a few other times before settling in Ayrshire, until his death in 2003.
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