The Amazing Life of Alastair Borthwick

A Scottish author and broadcaster Alastair Borthwick has been impacting the world with his work for more than a century. Born in February of 1913, Borthwick has published a number of books that have stood the test of time. His books have tackled subjects like moving up in the working class and the struggles of the second world war.

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scotland. As a teenager he attended Glasgow High School and participated in the schools Officer Training Corps program. One of Borthwick’s first jobs was working for the Glasgow Herald, the local newspaper. During this part of his career he became involved hillwalking and climbing scene in Glasgow. As a result Borwick became more and more interested in writing about working class people in the area.

About five years later, Borthwick took a major career step when he began working for he Daily Mirror. Despite the many positives of the move, Borthwick longed for Glasgow and would soon return there. Just four years later he would see his collection of writings known as “Always a Little Further“, get published by the group Fabers. T.S. Eliot shared his opinion with the publisher which eventually led to the collections publishing.

Borthwick was a part of the second World war. He was commissioned into the 5th Battalion as an Intelligence Officer. During this sign he saw the impact of the War in various countries including Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany. As a result when the war was over Alastair Borthwick wrote his second book called Sans Peur. The book was very successful and was even in print as recently as 1994.

The next period of Borthwick’s live would see him move with his wife to Jura. His career began focusing on broadcasting and television. During his time in television, Borthwick produced more than 150 thirty minute programs for Grampian TV on a variety of topics. In the 1970’s his family moved to Ayrshire, where they remained until Borthwick’s death in 2003. Here are the books by Alastair Borthwick.

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