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The Legacy of Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick is one of the most successful writers and broadcasters to ever walk the planet. Borthwick has produced a number of powerful works that have stood the test of time. His focus has often been on the Second World War or other his experience growing up in Scotland. Borthwick has demonstrated he has a unique ability to communicate his story in various formats.

Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scotland. He and his family eventually moved to Glasgow where Borthwick would eventually attend Glasgow High School. Borthwick dropped out of school at age sixteen and entered the working world. One of his first jobs was working with the Glasgow Weekly Herald. The newspaper served as a launch pad for Borthwick’s career in writing. He earned valuable experience writing on a number of topics that included women’s and children’s rights. Borthwick also wrote about the changes he noticed in his local area, specifically with working class people. Borthwick wrote about the changes in daily living many of these people were experiencing.

Borthwick’s experience lead him to his first book, Always a Little Further. Always a Little Further was published in 1939 and got excellent reviews. The book is considered to be Borthwick’s best work. The book has never been out of print since it was released in 1939. The book documented the social change taking place during this time.

Alastair Borthwick was committed to serving his country. Borthwick was a member of the British Army and his unit served in a number of countries including both Europe and Africa. Borthwick served in a number of leadership roles which include being a captain and second lieutenant. As a leader Borthwick lead a group of 600 men in the dark behind German enemy lines. Borthwick’s experience in the war lead to his second book called Sans Peur. Sans Peur gave an account of Borthwick’s regiment during the second part of the war.

After the war Alastair Borthwick focused most of his work on television and broadcasting. He would finish his career by producing dozens of television shows on a number of topics. Years later Borthwick has passed away but his work continues to have a tremendous impact on people.