Known for his excellence as both an author and a broadcaster, Alastair Borthwick has made a number of great contributions to the world. Born in Rutherglen, Scotland, Borthwick attended Glasgow High School where he began his journey in journalism. Borthwick got his first job in Glasgow working from the local newspaper. From their his career continued to grow to huge levels.
While working for the Glasgow Weekly Herald, Borthwick became very interested in the local hillwalking and hiking scene. As a result many of Borthwick’s writing began to echo this aspect of the working class. Soon Borthwick would have a major breakthrough in his career when he began working for the Daily Mirror in Fleet Street. This was a great opportunity for Borthwick, but not a fan of the London lifestyle, he soon return to Glasgow to continue is work. Just four years later his collection of works called “Always a Little Further”, was published by the publisher Fabers. Thanks to the influence of T.S. Elliot, the collection was very successful. To this day it is one of the best works on outdoor activities in Scotland ever produced.
Part of Alastair Borthwick’s journey included serving his country during the second World War. According to The Times, Borthwick was an intelligence officer in the 5th. During this time Borthwick saw the impact of war on several countries including France,Holland and Germany. This experience lead to Borthwick’s second book titled Sans Peur. The book was very successful and has been in print many times, including as recently as 1994.
After World War II, Borthwick turned his energy to television and broadcasting. During this time he produced dozens of television shows on multiple topics. He moved multiple times eventually settling Alastair with his wife Anne. He would remain in Alastair for the next thirty years until his death in 2003. Alastair Borthwick left an incredible legacy that will continue to live on well after his death.
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