An accomplished author and broadcaster, Alastair Borthwick lived a very successful life. He is the creator of several critically acclaimed books and dozens of informative television shows. Borthwick used his experience serving in World War II along with his journey through the early 1900’s as fuel for much of his historic work.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scotland. He spent most of his youth growing up in r Glasgow where he attended Glasgow High School for a short time. During that time he got some early training serving in the school’s Officer Training Corps. Alastair Borthwick however soon dropped out of schools. He was able to land a job working for the Glasgow Weekly Herald, the small local newspaper. It was during this time that his interest in writing began to flourish. He began to write on issues concerning both women and children during this time. He also began to write about the changing culture in his area. This would eventually lead to his very first book.
During this time Borthwick observed many working-class Glaswegians finding time for activities such as rock climbing and hitchhiking. Borthwick began writing about this movement and eventually wrote his first book Always a Little Further in 1939. The book served as excellent documentation of the world at that time. The book has become a classic and remained in publication since its creation.
Alastair Borthwick spent many years serving in the British Army. His units served in several countries including Sicily and Western Europe. He served in several leadership positions which include second lieutenant and as the rank of captain. He is perhaps most known for his leadership of more than six hundred men behind the enemy Germany’s lines.
After the war Borthwick went on to write his second book titled Sans Peur. The book documented Borthwick’s experience during the war from front line perspective. After the war Borthwick became more interested in production. He went on to produce more than one hundred and fifty television shows during the remainder of his career. His work continues to live on years after his death. He has created a legacy that will remain relevant throughout history. Check out for official Facebook page for more information.