The Guardian Magazine Reviews the Life of Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick started his career at the age of 16 years when he left Glasgow high school. He worked at the Glasgow Evening Times for some time before joining the Glasgow Weekly Herald. At this time Glasgow Herald required more staff members thus Alastair Borthwick was promoted very fast. He wrote many articles about women and children; he compiles the crossword game for the newspaper he even answered the readers queries hence gaining more experience. The paper had an open-air page where people would write life experiences. Alastair Borthwick wrote about the hiking experience of the Scotland hills; Faber and Faber published his articles. He could visit the hills during weekends and lie under the rocks sharing experiences with other hikers. He made friends with many people who went to the hills to relieve stress; they believed that it was not possible to sweat and thin at the same time. Alastair Borthwick recorded this outdoor experience in a book “Always a Little Furtherˮ the book entailed memorable characters, tense action and related to the city life.

Alastair Joined the BBC radio broadcasting group after an interview by James Fergusson. He was given a fifteen- minute talk on the radio to explain his hiking experience. While broadcating he was very calm and talked naturally, his talent was discovered, and this marked the beginning of his broadcasting career. During his time at BBC, Borthwick shared most of the adventurous outdoor life.

When the Second World War struck, Alastair joined the 51st Highland Divisions 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He was a loyal soldier and followed given orders; thus he was promoted to the level of a captain. He spent most of the time as the intelligence officer. Alastair Borthwick at one time led about 600 men at night to attack the Germans near Venlo. Just before the war ended, Alastair was excused by Colonel John Sym to write about the battalion campaigning. Alastair wrote “Sans Peur.ˮ

Alastair Borthwick lived with his wife Anne at a small house in Jura for about seven years; they gave birth to Patrick. Alastair died at the age of 90.


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