A Look At The Career Of Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was known as a man who had many different passions. Borthwick was known as a friendly person, as he often interacted with people while he dreamed of climbing the Highlands of Scotland. Borthwick was a distinguished author and journalist. Borthwick was also a broadcaster and war historian. Borthwick wrote two novels; Always A Little Further and Sans Peur.


Alastair Borthwick was born in Lanarkshire before moving to Glasgow as a child. During his teenage years, Borthwick worked at The Glasgow Evening Herald. Initially, Borthwick wrote down different interviews. Borthwick worked his way up to eventually become the writer and editor of several different pages and departments. While working on The Herald’s Open Air Page, Borthwick found his love for outdoor activities, especially rock climbing. Borthwick transitioned into a career in radio broadcasting. Borthwick never looked at broadcasting as a job, it was just something that he wanted to do.

Serving In The War

Alastair Borthwick served in the Second World War as an Intelligence Officer assigned to The 5th Seaforth Highlanders. Borthwick’s experiences during the War allowed him to write Sans Peur, which documented Borthwick’s time in Northern Europe and Africa. Borthwick was a part of the group of Seaforths that invaded Italy and secured the canal zone of Holland. While in Sicily, Borthwick and The Seaforths were attacked by tanks and snipers. Borthwick was tasked with invading The German’s front line. Near the end of the war, The Seaforth’s Colonel asked Borthwick to write a battalion historical account. Borthwick’s novel received great reviews.

Embracing The Great Outdoors

Borthwick’s other novel, Always A Little Further, is based on Borthwick’s climbing and mountaineering experiences. Borthwick said that he tried to write Always A Little Further from the perspective of working class people in Glasgow and Clydebank. During the time period when Borthwick wrote Always A Little Further, hiking and climbing was starting to become popular around Northern Europe. The rise in popularity of outdoor activities was influenced by the rise in unemployment throughout The Clydebank Shipyards.

Borthwick and his family eventually left Scotland and moved to The Isle of Jura.

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