Alastair Borthwick was a Scottish author who is famous for a pair of books that he wrote which each covered unique and different subjects. In his writing, he became legendary for his vivid depictions of both the horrors of war and the beauty of climbing in the majestic grandeur of the Scottish Highlands. The fact that he was able to excel in writing in separate genres from a perspective of subject matter is certainly one of the reasons that he became one of the most beloved authors to come out of Scotland in the Twentieth Century. His first of these two celebrated literary works was Always A Little Further which he published back in 1939. The book was his own personal memory of his decade spent exploring Scotland’s Highlands region. The second book was published in 1946 and is know as Sans Peur. This book covers the topic of the final years of the bloody conflict known as World War II.
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Alastair Borthwick began life in Rutherglen but was primarily raised in the town of Troon in Ayrshire. When he was eleven, he had a major change of scenery as he moved to the city of Glasgow. It was at the age of 16 that he first became involved in the writing industry when he gained employment with the Evening Times as a copytaker. Though he was young, he quickly showed his talent and was soon working in an editorial role for some of the publication’s regular segments. It was also due to his association with this newspaper that he discovered the rock climbing hobby that would become such a major part of his life for a decade (Blogwebpedia).
Alastair Borthwick quickly became noted for his writings on this topic and this led to the publication of Always A Little Further. In many ways, it was the spirit of adventure that led Alastair Borthwick to climb the Highland hills that also led him to volunteer for military service at the outbreak of World War II. It was during this grim experience that he gained the knowledge of the topic for his second book.