A blog post from Medium recounts the life of journalist, author, and broadcaster Alastair Borthwick from Scotland. His life had been quite a journey with his many lucrative occupations and involvement as an intelligence officer in World War II. Alastair Borthwick is well-known for two classics that he created with the first novel “Always a Little Further” that documented the people of Scotland particularly well.
His other book labeled “The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders, 1942-1945,” was another hit. The book recounted Alastair Borthwick’s involvement in the war with fighting throughout various areas such as Holland and Belgium to name a few. What made the books classics in their own rights was Alastair’s writing style filled with humor and detail that captivated readers.
Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 in Rutherglen, Scotland and began his career in writing at a young age at a high school as an aspiring journalist. Over time he was promoted to writing articles for the paper and other features, before serving as an editor as well. The author enjoyed writing about the outdoors and this would lead to his groundbreaking novel “Always a Little Further.”
After a conversation with a BBC producer named James Fergusson about his enjoyment of outdoor activities such as rock-climbing, the producer noticed that it would be a good idea to add a segment for him to describe his hobby in more detail and this ultimately led to his career in broadcasting. Alastair Borthwick got involved in radio and television with a long and prosperous career in the field.
Many can thank him for leading the troops carefully and intelligently through enemy terrain during the war as an intelligence officer. Then Alastair Borthwick decided after the war effort to settle down with his wife on a remote island called Jura, where he would produce and broadcast content for BBC and farmed as well.
In the UK they had a festival of Britain celebration where Borthwick was chosen to have an exhibition on Scotland. The writer would finish out his career writing content for British television before settling down for good in Ayrshire. He passed away in 2003 as a talented writer, journalist, and broadcaster. Visit This Page for more information.