Alastair Borthwick was born on 17th February 1913 in a small town Rutherglen in Lanarkshire. He was brought up in Troon, Ayrshire before relocating to Glasgow at the age of 11. Alastair Borthwick was very determined to start earning money hence at the age of 16 he secured a job at Glasgow Evening Times. He delivered the newspaper to the customers’ homes. Alastair Borthwick determination contributed to his upgrade to the Glasgow weekly Herald that had only five staff members. He was assigned various duties to edit films, write articles and compile crossword. Alastair working at Glasgow earned him much experience and developed writing interest.
By 1935, Borthwick had earned much experience; he joined the London Daily mirror where he served for about a year. Alastair Borthwick was a leader for a press club for some time at the Empire Exhibition then joined the BBC studios where he worked for a long time.
He is well known as he possesses unique and remarkable talent; he wrote two books that have been read by many. Alastair Borthwick used a unique style of writing his books such as vivid descriptions, humor and imaginary characters that related to the culture of people. He was inspired by his life experiences, for instance, his first book Always a Little Further, Alastair Borthwick was inspired by the mountaineering activity to the Scotland Hills. This book was published in 1939 after T.S Eliot a poet insisted the book to be printed since then the book has never left the printer as its demand is very high.
Alastair wrote his second book Sans Peur that was inspired by his service to the Seaforth Battalion During the Second World War. Alastair Borthwick explains clearly how the battle looks like for the soldiers. He compares this with a journey in a lorry full of dead cows to signify the hardships soldiers go through. During the war, he was promoted to various ranks from an ordinary civilian to captain then to intelligence officer before being promoted to be the Lance. Alastair Borthwick led the battalion to attack the Germans, and his strategy was unique thus they won the war.