Alastair Borthwick is widely considered to be a seasoned broadcaster, author and journalist in Scotland and beyond. As a testament to his proficiency, he is credited for penning two exceptional books that have reverberated throughout history. More importantly, his excellent literary pieces of work have also been documented in Scotland’s Historical Timeline. Despite passing away on September 25, 2003, aged 90, Alastair Borthwick undoubtedly left an indelible mark in modern literature.
Born in Rutherglen and subsequently raised in Troon and Glasgow, the young and ambitious writer obtained formal education at the Glasgow High School before moving on to work for the Glasgow Herald. While working at the leading media enterprise, the young literature maverick was tasked with handling correspondents as well as editing captivating feature pages. Unknown to most people, Alastair Borthwick initially gained immense recognition after participating in the company’s “Open Air” page which undoubtedly exposed him to the high and mighty in the corporate sector. Such an upturn in events significantly played a vital role in shedding insight into the Clydebank and Glasgow working class.
By 1953, Alastair Borthwick had become a formidable writer wielding influential power through the literature industry. Despite boasting an exceptional journalism career, the London lifestyle didn’t particularly appeal to him and moving back to Glasgow proved to be a wise decision. 1939 proved to be a groundbreaking year for the talented writer. Not only did the “Always a Little Further” publication illicit positive reviews but also introduced him to a foreign literature market beyond his wildest dreams.
Despite the publisher’s initial hesitation in publishing the book, T.S. Eliot successfully convinced the editorial team that complying with the request would ultimately yield substantial benefits to both stakeholders. Today, “Always a Little Further” remains a popular novel depicting outdoor activities in Scotland and beyond.
The advent of the Second World War proved to be a turning point in Alastair Borthwick’s career. From participating as an Intelligence Officer for the Seaforth Highlanders in various stations in North Africa and Belgium to publishing the Battalion’s history throughout the war, the creative writer had reinvented his career tailored to meet specified goals. Titled “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”, the novel became an instant hit and cemented his status as an accomplished writer.
Post War Plans
After the war, both Alastair Borthwick and his wife Anne relocated to Jura and juggled between crafting and broadcasting for the BBC. By the 1960s, the highly acclaimed writer had switched to mainstream television and produced over 150 half-hour programs for the Grampian TV. As he approached his sunset years, the creative writer settled in a nursing home in Berth before passing away in 2003.