An in-depth look into the life and career of the legendary writer, Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire on February 17th, 1913. After a while, he moved to Troon, Ayrshire where he grew up till the age of 11. Young Alastair moved to Glasgow for his high school education and left at the age of 16. Still a teenager, he became the copytaker at the Evening Times. This is how his successful writing career began. After spending sometime at the Evening Times, moved to the Glasgow Weekly Herald where he got his first shot at professional writing. The Glasgow Weekly Herald had a small staff of five which way below its needs. This came as an opportunity for him to partake in writing. Alastair Borthwick wrote and edited some pieces on children’s, women’s and film pages. He also wrote some letters to the editor and was responsible for responding to reader’s queries. Out of his excellent and unique writing style, he was given the responsibility of combining crosswords and also landed a few front-page leads.

The big break

For Alastair Borthwick’s big break came in the 1930s. At this time, he developed a lot of interest in rock climbing and wrote several articles on the subject. Faber and Faber published a few of his articles on this subject. This happening gave him the confidence to go ahead and write his first piece of celebrated work, Always A Little Further (1939). During his time writing articles, Borthwick had polished his writing skills so well that his first book was a masterpiece. The book, Always A Little Further and the writer himself were celebrated for the exquisite writing style. The book was praised for its unique stock of characters, tense action sequences, laconic humor, and vivid descriptions (The News Version).

A place in history

His second book, Sans Puer, is a war-story telling the tales of a Scottish soldier during the second world war. The Sans Puer is the masterpiece that would give Alastair Borthwick a place in the history books. This fictional story was published in 1946 and was inspired by his own experiences as a Scottish soldier in the second world war. After 90 solid years living, Borthwick passed away on September 25th, 2003.