Alastair Borthwick Took What Life Offered and Made the Best of It

The life passions of some can often change the world. Alastair left the world with the gift of his rare talent for writing. He left two fortuitous literary works that revealed the love for hiking the Scottish highlands, and another that chronicled the events nearing the end of the Second World War. Always a Little Further surfaced in 1939, and provided an account of the joys of rock climbing in the Scottish highlands.

The world caught on and Scotland eventually became a destination for hikers. His book provided a solution for stressful living. He wrote Sans Peur in 1946, which contributed to an insightful understanding of events nearing the end of World War II (ChronicleWeek). He received great acclaim for both literary works.

Alastair Borthwick began his writing career working for the Daily Mirror in 1935. After working there for a year, he left and eventually ended up at the BBC. He contributed radio broadcasting discussing outdoor-related topics about Scotland. He had a way with the spoken word, and read scripts in a completely natural way that appealed to listeners.

Alastair Brothwick worked at the New Chronicle and wrote a weekly column. He went on to work for Grampian TV where he scripted programs on a variety of subjects. One his favorite program was a thirteen-part series about a Scottish soldier and his time with the Scottish infantry regiments. Alastair told the story from a soldier’s point of view.

As a captain during the war, he served mostly in Western Desert, Europe, and Sicily. He was an intelligence officer and recounts the daring exploit of leading 600 men, single file,through German enemy lines in open country. The Germans woke to discover the Seaforth Highlanders had flanked them from behind. Alastair Borthwick, like millions of people in his day, made the most of what life offered. As such, he lived life nobly.

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