Alastair Borthwick: The Author And Broadcaster With A Difference



Alastair Borthwick was born in the year 1913, February 17 in the Rutherglen, Scotland and raised in Troon and Glasglow. WWI and WWarII found him in his teenage years. Alastair Borthwick’s life was full of events. He was both a writer and a broadcaster.

 “Always a Little Further”

In the time where mountain climbing was a tale of only the rich and well-to-do families, Alastair wrote a book called “Always a Little Further” with accounts of Local Mountain adventurous. This book provided a go-ahead in the Scottish hills where the working class and the unemployed could go mountaineering. It published in 1939.

British Band of Brothers

After seeing the republication of his second book subtitled “The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders, 1942–1945”, he changed the name and called it “British Band of Brothers.” It was about the history of the battalion. He was the right man to write about the book as he had been a part of the group as the intelligence officer of the force.

The two non-fiction books which had such a lasting impact were written with a passion that only could be put together by Alastair himself. Alastair Borthwick had a way of bringing in humor and life into his books. The books were essential and outstanding.

His background and career

At 16, he left high school to join Glasgow Evening Herald to study journalism. He later joined the understaffed Glasgow Weekly Herald and became the editor and writer of several topics and sections. His writing hooked him up more with outdoor activities around Glasglow writing for ‘Open air page’ section. Later at an interview with a BBC producer, he mentioned his mountain climbing activities and was asked to prepare a short piece about the topic. His journey in broadcasting had already started. See This Page for more information.

After the war

After the war, Alastair Borthwick lived in the remote Scottish island of Jura. It is here that he wroke his second book. He broadcasted pieces for the BBC. They moved to a more populated Island, and when the festivals were coming up, the secretary of state asked Alastair to organize an expedition as a contribution to the effort. In 2003, he passed on in a farm near Barr.


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