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Alastair Borthwick Was A Legendary Writer With A Scottish Background

Alastair Borthwick is a well-known author and journalist that spent the majority of his career writing about Scottish places and the culture. Over the years of his career, he has worked as a radio correspondent, an editor for a newspaper, an intelligence officer, and even a producer on TV for a period of time. What Alastair will be remembered for the most is his writing of the Scottish outdoors.

Born in 1913 in Rutherglen, Alastair Borthwick had a lot of pride for being Scottish. Although he was born in Rutherglen, he quickly relocated to the city of Glasglow where he was able to attend high school. Unfortunately, Alastair ended up dropping out of high school before he was even 16 years old. After Alastair left high school, he went on to join the local paper, which was known as the Glasgow Herald. Alastair managed to work his way up at the newspaper company and even became an editor, which is what brought him to writing about the outdoors in the first place. Ever since then, Alastair was writing about the Scottish outdoors, trying to place a light on the natural beauty of the nation.

By 1935, Alastair Borthwick decided to make a move to London for his position at the company, Daily Mirror. Although the position was good, the city proved to be too much of hassle for Alastair, so he quickly returned home to Glasgow. After his return, Alastair was able to take up a position as a radio correspondent, just a few years before Always A Little Further was released at the Glasgow Herald. Always A Little Further was a book that featured Alastair and the contributions that he made to the company regarding his work of Scotland outdoors.

During the second world war, Alastair was employed as an Intelligence Officer and served in the 5th Battalion until the war was over, which he then wrote about in the following years. This book, the Seaforth Highlanders, became a best seller when it was released and a best seller again when it was republished in the 90’s. Check out Alastair’s books on

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