Alastair Borthwick was a Scottish journalist born in 1913 in Rutherglen. He was a talented story teller and writer who penned down all his life experiences. Alastair abandoned school at 16 and got to the world of work where he served in different capacities such as editor and writer. He worked for the Evening Times, Glasgow Herald, Daily Mirror, The Empire Exhibition, and later at BBC as a script writer.

His adventures and authorship

During his time at Glasgow Herald working for its Open Air Page, Borthwick got to hiking in the Scottish highlands. He loved the experience, which became the beginning of a career in literature. He took these experiences and penned them down in his catching book ‘Always A Little Further’ published in the year 1939.

Participated and Wrote About World War II

Alastair Borthwick was part of his country’s World War 2 fighters. He started out as an infantry soldier who rose in rank in the military to become the captain. He was an intelligence officer in the battalion. He led his battalion in pushing the German army out of Northern Africa through Italy and Europe. Borthwick wrote about the war. With his set of skills, he put down the very image of the war in his book. The book’s titled was ‘Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions from the Battle of El Alamein to Elbe, 1942-1945.’

After the war

Borthwick moved with his wife to the Isle of Jura after the war and led a quiet life. He spent his time fishing and writing. The couple had one son, Patrick. They later returned to Glasgow. While called to talk about his climbing at BBC, his storytelling skills landed him a chance in broadcasting. There he would speak on familiar topics, before landing a 3-year contract to speak on post-war Scotland. He also got into TV, where he produced shows mainly focusing on famous characters. ’Scottish Soldier’ was his most outstanding program. It gave firsthand stories of infantrymen soldiers from a junior officer’s perspective.

Alastair Borthwick wrote TV scripts and also for News Chronicles into his late years. He died in 2003 in Beith at a nursing home, at the age of 90. He will be remembered for touching the hearts of many with his engaging writing talent as well as story-telling skills.

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