Alastair Borthwick: Scottish Hero and Storyteller

Alastair Borthwick has made a name for himself not only as a storyteller but also as a hero. He spent his early life in the city of Glasgow Scottland where he attended high school at Glasgow High School. He dropped out of the age of 16 in order to begin his career as a writer first working at one of the local news stations. He published his first book Always a Little Further before joining the war effort during World War II. After the war, he would publish a book about his experiences during the war titled Battalion: A British infantry unit’s actions from the battle of El Alamein to Elbe, 1942-1945.

After the war, Alastair Borthwick would move with his wife to the Isle of Jura from the city of Glasgow Scottland. This would prove to be an incredibly perfect location for him living in a small cottage that was surrounded by nature an incredibly peaceful. It was here that he would continue to pursue both his passion for writing as well as fishing.

In the year 1952, Alastair Borthwick would decide that he would take some time away from writing in order to pursue a television and radio broadcaster. He would move back to the city of Glasgow Scottland and he was quickly picked up by the BBC producer James Ferguson for a 15-minute talk show. It did not take very long for Alastair Borthwick to impress the producer with his storytelling ability. It was here as a broadcaster that Alastair Borthwick was able to showcase his ability to tell stories not just with a pen but also a microphone. People would later say that he would treat the microphone like a friend and would talk very naturally and in easy to understand and casual way.

After Alastair Borthwick had showcased his ability with not only the pen but the microphone as well in the 1960s he ventured into television. Here he would help to produce over 150 shows for the Scottish Grampian TV network. In these shows, he would discuss various famous characters from the time. Such as Sen. Joe McCarthy, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and even Lola Martinez.

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