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Alastair Borthwick: Publisher of History

Scottish Journalist, broadcaster, and author Alastair Borthwick is remembered for his two great works of literature, “Always a Little Further” and “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945”. Alastair Borthwick was born on February 17. 1913 in Rutherglen, however, he was raised in Troon and Glasgow. At 16 he would leave his studies to work for the Glasgow Herald as a copywriter for correspondents calling into the office. His opening into his true career was during his participation in the “Open Air” page. It allowed Alastair Borthwick to be involved in the incredible lands that Glasgow had to offer, that in turn would introduce him to write articles about the working class of the community. He moved briefly to London after a job offer, however, the big city lifestyle was not meant for him and he would move back to Glasgow a year later to work as a BBC radio correspondent.

In 1939 we would see the work of Alastair Borthwick really take off with the publication of “Always a Little Further”. This was a combination of articles written by Alastair during his time at the Glasgow Herald, particularly those written from his outdoor adventures. Although the publisher, Fabers was unsure of the publication, the project was pushed forward anyway and today holds as one of the best-written books on the subject of the outdoors.

During the Second world war, Alastair Borthwick (@AlastairBorthw1) was assigned to the 5th Battalion as an intelligence officer and would see actions on most of the Wars battlefields. After the war, Alastair was asked to write a history book on the battalion. The book would be published in 1946 as “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”. The book received praise from many in the historical community. After the war, Alastair would go work for the BBC in 1940, follow by a successful television career in the 1960’s where he would film over 150 programs. Alastair Borthwick would retire with his wife in the 1970’s in Ayrshire. Alastair would live out his remaining years in a hill farm until his death in 2003.

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