Alastair Borthwick, an accomplished Scottish journalist, broadcaster, and author, lived a full life from the day he was born February 17th, 1913 to the day he died September 25th 2003. Throughout his life his most admired pieces of work were two very different books, as far a subject matter, that he had written. The first being published in the year 1939 by the title of “always a little further”; it was a collection of pieces, an unconventional approach to writing that the publisher Fabers were unsure about until publishing director T.S. Eliot insisted on it being published, it was initially written during his time working for the Glasgow Herald but now remains continuously in print and holds the title of being one of the best outdoor activity books about Scotland. After dropping out of Glasgow high school he received His first job at the Glasgow Herald in the year 1929 at the age of 16. Alastair Borthwick later, in 1935, received a job on The Daily Mirror later returning to Glasgow to work as a BBC Radio correspondent.
The second notable work of writing was was titled “ Sans Peur, the history of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders. The book was written and published in 1946 as the result of it being requested when hostilities ceased during the second world war in which Alastair Borthwick was commissioned. The book accounts his time with the 5th battalion seeing action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and France and has been in print since its initial publication recently being retitled “Battalion: a British infantry units actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942 to 1945” in the year in the year 1994 receiving wide spring widespread critical acclaim. After the war Alastair and his wife moved to Jura from Glasgow where he continued to broadcast. He then later produced 150 half hour programs for grampian TV in the 1960s. Before his death in 2003 he lived in a nursing home for 5 years in Beith after living on a hill farm in Ayrshire.
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