Alastair Borthwick was born on 17th February 1913 at Rutherglen but was raised in Troon and thereafter moved to Glasgow. He was a husband to Ann Corbett. It was in Glasgow that he attended Glasgow high school and became a member of Officer Training Corps. When he attained the age of sixteen, he left school to become a copytaker in the Evening Times. Later on, he became part of the Glasgow Weekly Herald which was by then a small newspaper where he worked with five other staff members. Alastair Borthwick was a writer and wrote many topics among which were put in the front page of the newspaper.
These topics were about women and children. He had the responsibility of compiling crosswords in the newspaper. He wrote Herald’s “Open Air ” page where he came to discover rock climbing which by then was considered to be an activity done by the rich. “Open Air” came about when outdoor recreation was growing. He wrote about subcultures where poor but resourceful people were seen hitchhiking at the North. This became the main topic discussed in his “Open Air” columns. Later in the year 1939, Alastair Borthwick published a book with he gave the title “Always a Little Further.”
One of the things he talked about in his book was social change. He used humor in writing his book and later on it became a classic book which is read to date. Borthwick got an opportunity to be in the British army during World War II. It was here that he worked very hard and was first given the lance corporal rank. He was then made captain and thereafter a Substantive Lieutenant in the army. One of Alastair Borthwick biggest achievements was when he led a battalion of soldiers without any directions. He relied on his sense of direction.
They invaded the Germans at night and managed to defeat them. During the war, Alastair Borthwick (@alastairborthwickauthor) gained inspiration to write his second book “Sans Peur”. It contained a history about the regimes during World War II. Later on, he decided to be a television and radio broadcaster. He settled on a farm in the village at Barr. He thereafter succumbed to death in 2003.