One can’t fail to mention Alastair Borthwick’s name when talking about literature, accounts of WWII, print media and broadcast in Scotland during mid-1900s. The renowned author was born in Rutherglen on 17th February in 1913. The famous Scottish writer is remembered for his publications, which chronicled the common notion and practice of ascending as a sport for the working class in Scotland. He also wrote books that touched the WWII, from the point of view of a foot soldier.
At a tender age, Alastair Borthwick went to be a copy taker at Evening Times, and Evening Tabloid in Glasgow. He wrote about diverse topics, including women and children’s pieces, articles for front page leads and also helped in the compiling of the crossword.
Throughout his life, Alastair Borthwick kept changing careers. He worked for the British Army, going for missions in different parts of the world like North Africa, Western Europe, and Italy. Borthwick worked through different ranks in the British Army during WII. He served as the battalion intelligent officer, captain, lieutenant, among many other posts. Alastair had also worked as a private officer in the Highland Light Infantry.
Alastair Borthwick‘s life as a broadcaster was interesting. At some point in his career, Alastair got a job as a reporter for the Daily Mirror in 1935. The following, the publishing media sacked him. His sacking was a blessing in disguise, as he went on to open posts, which allowed a little informality at the workplace like a radio broadcast. Working as the man in charge of running the Press Club for the 1938 Empire Exhibition needed him to conduct a radio commentary while at the top of the Exhibition Tower during a rainstorm. He had to have a top hat and morning coat during the performance.
Alastair and his wife Anne Corbett spent some of their last years in Ayrshire and settled on a hill farm next to the village of Barr. They lived at a nursing home at Beith before their death. Asked about his legacy, Alastair said that he would be remembered as a journeyman author who would turn out good work on any given topic.