Alastair Borthwick was a proud Scotsman and he wrote about his homeland. He wrote his first bestseller in 1939, Always a Little Further, and it recounts his time walking his beloved Scottish highlands. After spending time reporting on the Second World War, he wrote his second book, Sans Peur, in 1946. They were very different books, but that speaks to his ability to write about a range of topics. He obtained that talent during his long career in journalism along with his time during the Second World War. Both texts found a second audience when they were rereleased in the 1980s and 1990s
Alistair Borthwick moved to Glasgow when he was 11, and he soon began his career in journalism. He wrote on a wide variety of topics for the Glasgow Weekly Herald which contributed to his ability to master many writing styles. He covered everything from front page stories to the crossword section. During one of his writing assignments he began his love of the outdoors. He wrote about his experiences rock climbing.
His career in journalism continued and he moved to Flest Street in 1935. At the outbreak of the war, he served his country and he led his battalion of men through Holland into German-occupied territory. Borthwick’s ability to write meant that he soon started documenting the last stages of the war. After the war Borthwick did not want to return to London, so he and his wife set up home back in Scotland. He continued his work in journalism and he won an OBE for his reporting on the festival of Britain.
He continued to write about the Second World War and events in Scotland. Alastair Borthwick died in 2003, and his wife died later that same year. They are survived by their son Patrick.
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