Alastair Borthwick has earned his fame mostly by his first novel, “Always a Little Further” written in 1939. This was actually a book that may never have gotten published. However, he has many other attributes to be proud of. Before, during and after World War II, he had become both a Scottish broadcaster and writer. His work was especially appreciated by the working class of Scotland. Alastair Borthwick devoted most of his work to hill climbing and mountaineering. Mr. Borthwick had also focused his work on World War II since he was also an infantry soldier and captain.
His service during the war was spent mainly in Sicily, Europe and the Western Desert. Alastair Borthwick served with the 51st Highland Division’s 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He had led his entire battalion one time during the night and in open country through German lines near Venlo. Alastair Borthwick was not only an author who penned happy and easy time in Scotland.
Mr. Borthwick had a talent to write classics that were about more than one field. His second book, “Sans Peur”, was written in 1946. This book was about the final years of World War II. Alastair Borthwick had the ability to write about two opposite subjects; the darkness of war and his passion of climbing the Scottish highlands.
Borthwick was born in the small town of Troon, Ayrshire. He had moved to Glasgow when he was 11 years old. Leaving high school at 16, he worked on the Evening Times as a copytaker. Soon after that, Alastair Borthwick achieved employment at the Glasgow Weekly Herald. At the Herald, Borthwick had various duties that included editing children’s, women’s and film content. He also created the crossword puzzle and answered questions posed by readers.
In the mid-1930s, he had joined the BBC Radio broadcasting as he began his career in this media. An on-air interview about his climbing experiences actually started his broadcasting career.
After the war. he and his wife, Annie, moved to the island of Jura into a small cottage. Borthwick still continued his work in broadcasting on Jura and delivered the BBC’s Scottish Survey. Alastair passed away in 2003 after spending five years in a nursing home.