It is undeniable that the first half of the 20th Century was one of the most formative and important in human history. It is also a time that many look back to with a nostalgic lens. Due to this fact, the works of writers like Alastair Borthwick continue to be very popular. The Scottish author had a true knack for vivid description and in this way, he really captured a great deal of the essence of the first half of the 20th Century in his home country of Scotland. His career included more than simply working as an author. He was also involved in news, radio and broadcasting and had experience as a soldier during the century’s great conflict of World War II.
From a literary standpoint, Alastair Borthwick is most well remembered and loved for two books in particular. The first one is called Always A Little Further. This unique book is set in the Scottish hillwalking community of the 1930s that Alastair Borthwick was a participating member. He presents a vivid description of time and place throughout this beloved work of literature. The second book that is is most well remembered for is written about his time in the military during the Second World War. This one is entitled Sans Peur. Throughout these works, it is Alastair Borthwick’s ability to evoke imagery that has made them well loved and well remembered over the course of their history. It is now more than a decade since the passing of Borthwick, but he is still remembered fondly for his literary contributions.
After the war was over, Alastair Borthwick moved to the town of Jura along with his wife. He was able to continue working in broadcasting and even ventured into the realm of television during the 1960s. Throughout all of his success as an editor and broadcaster, he is always the most fondly remembered as that author who managed to really capture some unique moments in time during the Twentieth Century’s first half. It is for these literary masterworks that he continues to be remembered so fondly to this day.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Troon. When he was 16, he left school to be a copy taker for the Evening Times in Glasgow. Since there were few employees in the firm, he carried our various tasks.
He used to love mountaineering in the regions of Scotland during his free time. These experiences shaped his life a lot. He would write about his leisure activities in the newspaper. This was very entertaining for the readers. The unemployment rates in Scotland were high at the time. Therefore, many people also spend a lot of their time in the mountainous regions.
Alastair Borthwick got his big break when he went to work for BBC. He had this idea of getting a couple of minutes to talk about his adventures. The production manager at the time, James Fergusson, agreed to give him a 15-minute radio talk. This was a defining moment at the start of his broadcasting career. He focused on mountaineering subjects which fascinated him. His producer saw that Alastair had great passion when he spoke through the microphone in the studio. It was broadcasting came naturally for him. He filled a gap still new to most radio stations back then. He worked as a broadcaster for 61 years of his life.
During the world war, his knowledge and expertise in the mountainous regions came in handy. He was responsible for guiding the Highlanders troop through the regions. They navigated through without being caught by the Germans. He was ranked a captain. His hard work and resilience truly paid off during those times.
Alastair Borthwick was passionate about writing. Therefore, he put his life adventures and horrific encounters in a book. The book almost didn’t get published. Luckily, there was always someone who says the potential of Alastair. T.S Elliot was optimistic about the writing content and style of this author. Finally, he convinced the board to let him publish his book. The book became very successful to this day. The book, Always a little further recounted experiences in the Scottish hills. The characters and humor in the book made it come alive.