Alastair Borthwick built an impressive career using his many artistic talents. Born in Rutherglen, Scotland, Borthwick has had success in many areas including writing, broadcasting and producing. His work has impacted lives for more than one hundred years. His experience with working class people along with his service in the war has made him a valuable source for information and insight.
Alastair Borthwick lived most of his live in Glasgow, Scotland. Borthwick got his education from Glasgow High and was a member of the officer training corps. Borthwick’s first real job was working at the Weekly Herald, the town’s newspaper. He spent a lot of his time working for a page called “Open Air.” This page introduced Borthwick to rock climbing and hitchhiking. These activities were common among working class people in this area. Borthwick began to write a number of columns about poor people hitchhiking north and camping out in caves. This work eventually lead to his first book Always a Little Further which is available on Amazon.
Alastair Borthwick served his country for many years. Borthwick was an officer who served in multiple British army units. During this time he saw first hand how World War II impacted lives in Africa, Europe, Sicily and the United States. Borthwick eventually worked his way up to the position of captain. He is well known for leading 600 men in to German territory, surprising the enemy. These experiences lead to Borthwick’s second book Sans Peur. The book provided a unique, firsthand account of his regiment’s experience. San Peur would go on to achieve great success, remaining in print for many years.
Life began to change for Alastair Borthwick after World War II. His work began to focus on television. Borthwick went on to produce more than one hundred and fifty shows on a variety of topics. He would go on to settle in Glasgow with his wife Anne Corbett and their son until his death in 2003.
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