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Born on February 13, 1913, Alastair Charles Borthwick was a Scottish author and broadcaster. He was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire then brought up in a seaside town of Troon called Ayrshire in Glasgow. At the age of sixteen, he left Glasgow high school to work for Evening Times as a copymaker, then moved to a small newspaper, Glasgow Herald, where he was a member of the five staff that worked to cover a 28 pages newspaper. There he became writer and editor of the women’s, children’s pages, film reviews, readers reviews, crosswords, Open Air and a number of other topics that the paper covered. The Open Air page played a major role in his first book “Always a little Further”.

Although Alastair Borthwick died in September 2003, his books are still remarkable, classic and keep his flame burning. Alastair was married to Annie Corbett in 1940 and was a father to one son. Other than writing, Alastair Borthwick was a radio and television broadcaster and a program presenter.

Alastair Borthwick’s achievements

In the column, Open Air, Borthwick wrote about how rock climbing, an activity that was set an aide for the high end, was increasingly becoming popular among the working middle-class Glasgowiean youths. He covered how the poor were resourceful in hitchhiking and camping in the mountain caves. In this topic, he discussed the underground shift within society and it’s changing the culture. This topic became the backbone of his first book.

Another of his remarkable achievement was his participation and service in the Second World War. He served in Highland Light Infantry in North Africa Sicily and Europe, then in the Reconnaissance Corps in fourteenth January 1941 and on October 13, 1944, in the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. His most significant achievement during service was when he surprised the Germans by leading his battalion over enemy lines in the dark, with no maps.

Alastair Borthwick wrote his second book after the war. It was, in simple terms, a collection of narrations and experiences from veterans of the war and juniors that served in the second world war. Writing a second book that was so far off the first one and still being able to bring out the beauty and emotions into a masterpiece made him an outstanding author. Purchase Alastair’s book on Amazon.

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