Writing a successful art limited to a specific field may be a great achievement, but producing more than one genre in a different area, it’s an evidence of the perception of a unique talent. Alastair Borthwick who died at 90 was a living example who produced two interesting journals Always a Little Further, a vivid memory of the activities and moments encountered while hiking through the Scottish highlands and Sans Peur a vivid history experience of his battalion fighting with the enemies.
Alastair Borthwick was born on 17th February 1913, in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, raised in Troon, Ayrshire and at the age of 11 Borthwick and his parents moved to Glasgow, the place he attended his high school education. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school to become a copytaker on the Evening Times and promptly he graduated to Glasgow Weekly Herald. Due to the limited number of employees, Alastair Borthwick had no specific job, and at a time he was writing and editing film pages related to mothers and children as well as letters to editors, gave answers to readers` queries, and compiled the crossword.
While working at Glasgow open page newspaper, Borthwick discovered rock-climbing. He used to publish the events of hiking in this newspaper which later he used to compile his book Always A Little Further that was published in 1939 by Faber and Faber. The book was full of memorable characters, enthusiastic moments, laconic humor, economical and vivid descriptions making it recognizable as a joyful classic of free literature and freneticness of city living.
The adventurous spirit gained during hill climbing instilled Borthwick courage, and in an occurrence of the war he signed up. He joined the battalion of the 51st Highland Division`s 5th Seaforth Highlanders most of his servicing being in Sicily, Western Desert and Europe. His loyalty to battalion won him higher ranks at one time achieving captain rank, working as the battalion intelligence officer (IMDB)
His remarkable achievement in the war, was in 1945 when he led his whole battalion of 600 men at night through German lines in the open country. The following morning Germans waking up found Seaforths dug behind them.
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