Growing through turbulent periods can be disturbing. Alastair Borthwick was born and raised amidst raging waves. His budding years were marked by World War One and World War Two. The Scottish lad, however, flourished through tough times. Alastair Borthwick became an author, intelligence officer, and a journalist who had a keen eye for each occurrence.
His writing works
He began mountaineering escapades at a time when only the rich Scots had the pleasure to do so. The Scottish writer made mountain climbing so interesting that the middle and low income earners began to identify with the exploration. In his first account, Always A Little Further, Borthwick highlights the joys and challenges of a grass-root climbing and hill-soaring.
In another narration, Alastair tells the encounters of the army as it was during the 2nd World War. The book was titled The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders, 1942–1945. It was later republished to the British Band of Brothersin 1994.
The witty and humorous author presented the events of time in such a tone that warranted interest. Reading his tales was certainly worthwhile. All his books had a touch of humor that is irresistible. View Related Info Here.
Borthwick as a young adult
Alastair was born on 17th February, 1917. He quit high school to pursue a career in journalism at 16. He began his journey at Glasgow where he wrote for British Glasgow Evening Herald as a trainee before moving to Glasgow Weekly Herald, which ran on “Open Air Page”. It is from the outdoor nature of the job that he developed an interest in mountaineering. An offer from an interviewer prompted the beginning of Borthwick’s broadcasting profession.
His career during war-torn times
Alastair Borthwick settled for TV and radio broadcasting and production during the postwar period. He drew satisfaction in reducing the technicality in a conversation. His conversational tone made his shows quite interesting. He moved to the Isle of Jura and took up a presenting position with BBC.
Alastair Borthwick is a passionate writer who believed in putting down an account of words on a fresh mind from dawn and fishing hours into the day. He organized the “Festival of Heavy Engineering” in Glasgow in ’50-’51. He earned recognition from the queen and was appointed the OBE.