A Brief History of Alastair Borthwick – A Modest Writer

Alastair Borthwick, a famous writer, was known to be stretching a little much further. The celebrated author has a lot to be remembered for, from his unique journalism skills, a war historian, broadcaster, national exhibitions events organizer and most importantly, for his book that almost never got published.

This writer had seen the best of time and lived for ninety years before he died. His rare talents helped him craft unique pieces in different genres. Some of his masterpieces included, Always A Little Further in 1939, San Peur in 1946, and much more.Alastair Borthwick loved nature and could take off to the hills over the weekends and spend the nights under the rocks.

He lived a rough life and was one of the few who refused to be crushed by the unemployment crisis. He always believed that the mountains and all beauty that nature exuded belonged to him.

Although his status was more middle class than most of his buddies, he befriended tramps, berry pickers, and other colleagues who were part and parcel of the movement. All these nature escapades inspired the book that he first wrote and offered to Fabers. T.S. Eliot, a director, insisted on the book’s publication and luckily enough, since then, it has never been out of print.

Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 in Lanarkshire but later raised in Troon, Ayrshire after which he relocated to Glasgow after turning 11 years. While here, he began attending school and by the age of 16, he became the Evening Times copy taker. He proceeded to graduate in the Glasgow Weekly Herald and his teenage years, he wrote in the women’s children and film pages. Additionally, he wrote in the letters to the editor and answers to the readers’ questions.

After the world war broke out, Alastair Borthwick decided to join the 51st Highlands Division forces. He served his nation mostly in the Western Desert, Europe, and Sicily. He even single-handedly led a battalion of six hundred men at night through German enemy lines at night in 1945. Before the war ended, he was given a different role by the Colonel that allowed him not to attend any more parades. This was a defining moment for Borthwick, and it paved the way for his book, “Sans Peur.”