The late Alastair Borthwick was born on 17th February 1913 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire and died in Beith, Ayrshire 25th September 2003. He was a renowned author and broadcaster. During his time, books on climbing and mountaineering were only written by the rich. When he wrote a book he made sure that it had something different from those from other books.
This is because Alastair Borthwick did not come from a rich family and his life was a simple one. One of his books was published in 1939 and it vividly explored the movement around the Scottish hills by both the people who were working and the unemployed at the moment in Glasgow and Clydebank.
Alastair Borthwick went to Glasgow High School and left it when he was 16 to become a telephone boy in the Glasgow Evening Herald. Alastair Borthwick was then given a higher role of writing in the paper. Soon after, he was promoted to be the writer and editor of the Women’s Page, Film Reviews, Readers Letters and Reader’s Queries, Children’s Page and also the Crossword Compiler. He was also a regular contributor to the front page.
Alastair Borthwick discovered the outdoor recreation scene and rock climbing through the papers “Open Air Page” – a column he became so involved with. In 1935, he got a job with the Daily Mirror and a year later moved to radio broadcasting. When he was interviewed at the BBC in 1934, he revealed his talent in broadcasting and worked there until 1995.
In 1938 he ran the Press Club for Empire Exhibition and in World War II, he became an intelligence officer to the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, where he experienced more action. He was responsible for leading 600 men in the dark to go past the front line of the Germans. He was also given a chance to attend more parades after the shooting. From all these events, he came and wrote the book Battalion which was best-selling in the US in 1992. Find More Information Here.
Alastair Borthwick also worked in the TV age for Grampian TV. The last 30 years of his life were spent in Ayrshire where, he wanted to be remembered as a journeyman writer who would not break a deadline and as always printable.
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