Alastair Borthwick is a man of many talents and passions but what stands out the most is the fact that he is a creative author. He is best known for the book he almost left unpublished. However, he is also known to be a passionate hiker and would climb the highlands of Scotland from time to time.
Alastair Borthwick was big on his social life. He would mingle with the common folk that would, otherwise, be considered less middle class. He made friends with berry pickers and tramps in an age that was experiencing great social changes. This led to him being described basically as ‘a simple man with simple goals’.
Alastair Borthwick’s writing prowess led to him becoming a distinguished journalist. He was also a war historian, a broadcaster and a national exhibitions organizer. He made his first literary success with ‘Always A Little Further’ in 1939. This novel is considered Alastair’s vivid memoir of the carefree age while roaming across the scenic Scottish highlands. In his second novel, Sans Peur of 1946, Alastair Borthwick turned his focus on the last years of World War II. The novel was, however, reissued later in the 1980s and 1990s as Battalion.
From his love for nature to his graphic narration of war and back to nature, Alastair Borthwick always believed in going that extra mile. Based on his works and experiences, it would be a challenge describing his life in one piece. Through his books, he gave us a vivid narration of the most turbulent times that will be remembered for generations to come.
Alastair Borthwick’s writing was not only interesting but humorous at the same time. This made his works more valuable to those who managed to come across them. As much as most people would identify themselves through his literature, most of his writings offered valuable documents of reference.
Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. He grew up in Troon, Ayrshier before moving to Glasgow at age 11. At the age of 16, Alastair was already working with the Glasgow Evening herald as a telephone boy, writing down his correspondents’ interviews. Check out Alastair Borthwick official Facebook page.