Alastair Borthwick, Expounding Human Experiences through the Pen

Alastair Borthwick was a renowned Scottish Writer, broadcaster, and journalist. He is remembered for his extraordinary ability to created captivating stories out of human experiences. During his life, he authored adventure stories from adventurous situations in war and fun.

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen in 1913 and died in 2003. He was brought up in Troon, and after that, Glasgow. Borthwick attended Glasgow High School until the age of sixteen. After school, Alastair secured employment with the Glasgow Weekly Herald as a copytaker. His central role involved the recording of news from field officers. As he gained more experienced, Alastair was assigned more demanding and complex tasks.

Eventually, Alastair Borthwick became the editor of the “Open Air” page. To get materials for the page, Alastair had to venture outdoors during the weekends. He joined thousands of Glaswegians as they went out on rock climbing, mountaineering, and hitchhiking. Over time, he developed a great love for outdoor sports.

Alastair’s time as the editor of the “Open Air” page coincided with a period of transformation in outdoor sports across Glasgow and Clyde. The outdoor recreation, previously considered a preserve for the working class, was rapidly becoming a favorite for the poor. The escapes of the young and poor Glaswegians hitchhiking North and camping in caves dominated Alastair’s columns.

In 1939, “Always A Little Further” was published. The story of the novel was a collection of the pieces Alastair wrote the “Open Air” page. As a talented author, Alastair presented his story in a then unconventional perspective, making fun for the lovers of adventure and nature. The story has remained in print since its first publication.

Alastair Borthwick was also a patriotic citizen. During the Second World War, he joined the British military against the Germans. He fought alongside several battalions including the 5th battalion, and the Seaforth Highlanders. Alastair traversed the world alongside the other members of his battalion to wage war against the enemy in Holland, France, Sicily, North Africa, and Italy among other regions.

When the guns fell silent, Borthwick summarized the war experiences into an adventure story. “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” was first published in 1946. In 1994, the book was reprinted as title “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945. The book has remained in print.

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