The Amazing Life of Alastair Borthwick

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Alastair Borthwick is well-known for his impressive life as an author, journalist and broadcaster. He was alive from 1913 to 2003 and is famous for two totally different types of books. The first one was published in 1935 and is called “Always A Little Further”. This book is full of the several pieces he wrote for the Glasgow Herald. Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scotland, spent some childhood years in Troon and then moved to Glasgow where he had left his high school at the young age of 16.

While in Glasgow, he was quite interested and involved in climbing and hillwalking. He wrote for the Open Air page of the Herald on these subjects as well as people who had gone out to the Highlands on the weekends. These are the experiences that inspired Borthwick for his first book. “Always A Little Further” is considered to be one of the top books on the subject of Scotland’s outdoor activities. This was able to occur by the strong interest of T. S. Eliot who happened to be a director at Fabers, the publisher.

Alastair Borthwick had his second book, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” published in 1946. This book is about his action during World War II as an Intelligence Officer. He had seen action with the Seaforth Highlanders in France, Belgium, Holland, Sicily, Italy, North Africa and Germany. His book had also gone to print in 1994 and was called “Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions From El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945” and had enjoyed an amazing critical acclaim.

Borthwick had married Anne in 1940. They moved to Jura from Glasgow where he bagan broadcasting for the BBC as well as enjoying fishing and crofting. He got into the television business during the 1960s and produced 150 programs that were a half hour long, covering a vast amount of different subjects on Grampian TV.

During the 1970s the couple lived in Ayrshire living on a hill farm before his death in 2003.

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