Alastair Borthwick is known for “Always A Little Further” and “Sans Peur” literary works that were published in 1939 and 1946, respectively. “Always A Little Further” was about experiencing the outdoors through climbing in the Scottish Highlands during the 1930s. “Sans Peur” was about the experience of being a Scottish soldier during the second world war. Sans Peur was later republished as “Battalion” in 1994.
Today, we take a closer look at the Scottish author and broadcaster behind the famous books. In an article dated October 9th of 2003, the article begins to introduce Alastair Borthwick and describes him as an outdoor enthusiast, a person of whom “was passionate about climbing in the highlands of Scotland …” It then reveals that, at the time the article was written, Alastair Borthwick had recently passed away (September 2003). He is further described as a “rare talent” and briefly talks about his two books, “Always A Little Further” and “Sans Peur”, as briefly mentioned.
Next, the article accounts for his early life stating that the author was born in a town in Scotland. It specifically indicates the town of Rutherglen in Lanarkshire as his birthplace but was raised in another Scottish town. He later attended high school in Glasgow.
At the young age of 16, the article states that Mr. Borthwick was employed by the Evening Times as a copytaker. During his time there, he wrote and edited articles on various topics including “compiling the crossword.” It was working at the Evening Times that introduced the young Borthwick to activities involving the outdoors. Particularly, the article states that he found his interest in “rock-climbing.” Throughout the years, and through his newly acquired interest as an outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Borthwick authored his first book, “Always A Little Further”. The article continues to account for Mr. Borthwick’s professional career. Then, the article moves forward to talk about Mr. Borthwick as a broadcaster for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). His passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors became the topic of his broadcasts.
Later, Mr. Borthwick served in the military beginning as a private to later becoming captain, leading “600 men.”
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