Alastair Borthwick was born in February 1913 at Rutherglen town. His parents relocated to Troon where he was brought up. Alastair Borthwick went to Glasgow at the age of 11 to attend his high school. At the age of 16 years, he left school to work at the Glasgow Evening Times paper; his work was to deliver the paper to the customers. After some time he upgraded to Glasgow Weekly Herald; here he served various roles including compiling crossword, editing films, answering questions from the readers and writing articles about women and children for the paper. During the Weekends Borthwick joined a group of unemployed people for hiking in the Scotland hills. The middle-class people went to relieve stress by exploring the beauty provided by nature. This outdoor mountaineering adventure inspired Alastair Borthwick to write a book “Always a Little Furtherˮ the book was published after T.S Eliot insisted (Amazon).
In 1935, Alastair went to London to join the Daily Mirror, but the contract did not last long and became the leader for a press club at the Empire Exhibition. James Fergusson of BBC studios was intrigued by Borthwick’s story he commissioned him for a fifteen -minute talk at the radio show and this marked the beginning of his career at BBC.
Alastair Borthwick joined the Second World War as an ordinary civilian, but by the end of the war, he had been promoted to a Lance level. Colonel John Sym excused Borthwick from writing about the last two years of the War. He wrote “Sans Peurˮ that started as an ordinary book but later it was rewritten adding more humor and vivid description to the book.
After the war Alastair joined his wife Anne at Jura; they lived in a small cottage. This couple gave birth to Patrick while still at Jura. BBC gave Borthwick a contract to explain his war experiences; he won the OBE award for the excellent presentation that coincided with the British Festival. Alastair Borthwick moved his family to Islay in 1952 where they lived for eight years before settling in South Ayrshire. Alastair died on 25th September 2003.
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