Alastair Borthwick’s Career

Alastair Borthwick was born on February 1913 in Rutherglen, Scotland but was brought up in Troon. He left high school when he was 16 to begin training as a journalist at Glasgow Evening Herald where he wrote telephone copies from correspondents. The early career that Alastair thought would be useful to him turned out to be a hectic one for him since there was less staff at Glasgow Evening Herald.

Alastair Borthwick got promoted, and he became the writer and editor of several sections. The sections at ‘Open Air Page’ made Borthwick get a glimpse of what happens outside, in and around Glasgow. From there, his life changed for the better.

James Fergusson, a BBC producer, was interviewing Alastair who was 21 for a job; Alastair talked about his rock-climbing activities which made Fergusson offer Alastair Borthwick a commission for him to create a short subject about rock climbing. Alastair Borthwick did a good job, and his fruitful career as a broadcaster began. Alastair Borthwick began with radio then later to Grampian television in Britain where he produced large volumes of work. Alastair Borthwick was a keen journalist and is well known and remembered for producing two classic original books.

Alastair’s first book Always a Little Further was published in 1939. The book was about activities such as hitchhiking, rock climbing and sleeping in caves.

In the Second World War Alastair Borthwick worked with many units of the British Army in the Northern part of Africa, Sicily, and Western Europe. When the war was almost coming to an end, Alastair Borthwick was the leader of a troop of 600 men which he led into war at night since he had a good sense about directions.

When the war was over, Alastair Borthwick wrote the second book Sans Peur which later got published as Battalion in 1994. The book talked about what his role was during the second half of the war. The book was written from a junior officer and one who was on the frontline during the fight. The two books recorded the popularization of climbing as a sport for people working in Scotland and the second war from a junior officer point of view. Go To This Page for additional information.


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