Alastair Borthwick was a writer and broadcaster in Scotland. His first book was “Always a Little Further” which was published in 1939. It is still very influential even today and has been in print ever since it was released.
His book was about mountaineering in the hills and mountains of Scotland. At the time he wrote this book Scotland was in a major depression with many people unemployed. Alastair Borthwick’s book encouraged them to get out in the wilderness and enjoy the beautiful nature that Scotland is known for. Scottish people became enthusiastic about climbing mountains and started to form clubs around it, most famously the Creagh Dhu. This club would climb mountains during the day and sleep in caves they found at night.
Alastair Borthwick’s book about climbing was unique because it was all about the journey and the personalities involved. Other authors at the time mainly just wrote about the technical aspects of climbing so his book was a breath of fresh air in a pretty stodgy genre. His book used a lot of humor and remains a joy to read.
Alistair Borthwick served in World War II. His division, the Seaforth, fought across Europe and North Africa. He even fought in Germany toward the end of the war. His division went over 3,000 miles and fought in some of the biggest battles of the war. He was an intelligence officer and was tasked with navigating the missions his company was deployed on. Go To This Page to learn more.
It is said that without people like him the Nazis would have won the war. It is because of the courage and tenacity of people like Alistair Borthwick that the Allys were able to turn back the German war machine and then ultimately defeat Hitler. He was commissioned after the war to write a book about his division which was “Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions From El Alamein to the Elbe”.
After the war, he became a famous broadcaster on both the radio and television. He created a series of documentaries which covered many subjects including mountaineering and World War II. He died in Scotland in 2003.