The Contributions of Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick is a famous author who has is mainly remembered for his two popular classical books “Always a little further” and “Sans Peur” which are still being read even today. The Scottish author was born in February 1913 in Rutherglen but was raised in Troon. His family later relocated to Glasgow where he was fortunate enough to attend Glasgow High school for his secondary education. He later left to be employed at the evening times where he got employed as the copytaker of the paper.

Alastair Borthwick worked hard and was promoted to be an editor of Glasgow Weekly where he wrote edited and edited articles about women and children which later appear in the women and children’s pages in the newspapers. At Glasgow, he wrote an open-air page where he wrote about rock climbing which was a recreational activity that was considered to be practiced by the rich people. It was soon becoming a popular sport and the working class was also starting to practice it. Hitchhiking and camping were practiced by the poor but very resourceful people.

He got inspiration from those activities to write his first book “Always a Little Further” which talked about the social change that was happening at that time. Alastair Borthwick documented his encounter with various people such as hawkers and tinkers and also used a lot of humor in writing his book. The second world war soon started and he joined the army to fight for his country during the war. He worked for a variety of army units such as the British army units in Sicily, North Africa, and Western Europe. He also worked very hard in the army and qualified to be promoted to several positions in the army.

In an article from, it mentions that Alastair Borthwick always recorded positive results in every role he was given and it was when he was in the 5th battalion that he led a team of 600 soldiers to war without maps and only relying on his sense of direction. They defeated the Germans and went back victorious. He later wrote his second classic “Sans Peur” which recorded the history of the different regimes in the war. After the war, he went back to become a broadcaster and was later made the Officer of the Oder of the British Empire.

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