Alastair Borthwick is a Scottish War veteran and author. He was born February 17, 1913 in Troon, Ayrshire and passed away September 25, 2003. Mr. Borthwick had a career in radio and in television. He was very popular for his writing and broadcasting. Mr. Borthwick will be remembered for his famous novel called Always a Little Further which he wrote in 1939. The book was your initially rejected by Faber and Faber but T.S Eliot was on the board of directors and had the book printed. Alastair Borthwick focused most of his writing toward depicting the second world war from the perspective of a captain and an infantryman. Mr. Borthwick started his career at the age of 16 with a company called the Evening Times. Mr. Borthwick stated that working at the newspaper was where he discovered and fell in love with mountaineering.
Mr. Borthwick also wrote another novel in 1946 called Sans Peur. This book was focused on recounting the events of the war. Alastair Borthwick also worked in London for the Daily Mirror in 1935. He left the Daily Mirror a year later and found his home at BBC radio. Mr. Borthwicks producer at BBC by the name of James Fergusson gave him a chance on a radio show to discuss climbing and this launched his broadcasting career. Alastair was inspired by mountaineering to sign up for the military to fight against Germany. He started as a private and by 1941 he was a Lance Corporal. He served with the 51st Highland Division 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He also did stints in North Africa and Western Europe.
Alastair Borthwick most memorable moment in the war was when he lead 600 men behind enemy lines in the dark. Mr. Borthwick was an amazing man and extremely brave he volunteered to serve his country proudly and quickly rose up in the ranks. He then took this passion and used it to catapult his writing and broadcasting career post-war. This new and innovative style at the time made him a Scottish icon.