An Insight Into the Life of Alastair Borthwick, a Renowned Author

Posted on April 16, 2019

Alastair Borthwick will forever be remembered for his prowess as an author. He was also a talented broadcaster, a prominent journalist, a war historian, and he would also organize national exhibitions. His first novel was known as Always a Little Further. Besides being an author, Borthwick also played various roles during World War II. He was also fond of hill climbing and mountaineering. While describing World War II, he would use the perspective of an infantry soldier and a captain.


Borthwick managed to live for 90 years. As a talented writer, he was able to write in different fields. He also published other books including Sans Peur. Alistair Borthwick spent his early life in Troon, Ayrshire. After leaving high school, he began to work as a copy-taker at the Evening Times. Thereafter, he graduated from the Glasgow Weekly Herald. Since there were few employees within the company, Alastair Borthwick was forced to multitask. He would edit film content, while also compiling crosswords. Borthwick also learnt about mountaineering through these newspapers.


In 1935, Alastair Borthwick began to work for the Daily Mirror, a company located in London. He later joined the BBC. After becoming a radio broadcaster, he felt that he had fulfilled his career goals in the media industry. Thanks to the broadcasting industry, Borthwick was able to learn about mountaineering. He was also a gifted speaker. Most people would harness such capabilities to their advantage so that they could make more money. Alastair Borthwick did not fall into that category of individuals. Borthwick just admired the beauty of his job. His first broadcast was in 1934. Nevertheless, his last broadcast was in 1995.


Many people derive some pride in their ability to formulate a classic in one genre. Alastair Borthwick was able to formulate many classics in numerous genres. One of his famous publications includes, Always a Little Further. The story was filled with humor and adventure. Faber and Faber declined the classic that Alastair Borthwick had come up with. They said that the style of writing was not as impressive. Fortunately, the book was printed courtesy of T.S. Eliot who was a member of the board of directors.