From small newspaper to radio and television, Alastair Borthwick lived his craft to the fullest. He remains particularly known for his 1939 work Always a Little Further, and the 1946 publication titled Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders; also known as Battalion: a British infantry un hit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.
The journalist, author, and broadcaster was born in Rutherglen, a town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Attending Glasgow High School until the age of 16, he quicky entered the working world with his first job at the Glasgow Herald. He began transcribing copy through correspondence by phone, moving his way up to editor of featured content.
His expositions on the growing number of working class people from Clydebank and Glasgow traveling into the countryside to participate in climbing and hillwalking.
By the time 1935 rolled around, Alastair Borthwick found his way to Fleet Street’s Daily Mirror, but ultimately found his way back to the BBC. Fabers, the publisher of his first book, was skeptical regarding the profitability of his provocative yet unconventional style of writing. However, with the influence of T.S. Eliot, one of the 20th Centuries greatest writers, they published the book and its been in print continously ever since.
When World War 2 arrived, he became an intelligence officer in the 5th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders of the Caithness and Sutherland. Sans Peur was the result of his experiences in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, North Africa, and Italy. The critcally acclimed book on Battalion history has becone an integral account in war history and lore.
By the end of wartime, Alastair Borthwick and his wife Anne returned to Glasgow from Islay. By the 1960s, he was fully committed to television, going on to produce over 150 half-hour programs on different subjects.
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