A Life Well Lived: Alastair Borthwick

 Alastair Borthwick was a man who lived a full life. He lived to be ninety years old and make his mark as a writer and broadcaster. He was born in 1913 and went to school until he was sixteen. He had to quit school in order to support his family. Now his life was able to turn for the better. 

Alastair Borthwick went on to write articles and also discovered the second passion of his life which is exploring nature. As his writing prowess increased he was able to cover World War II in a way that no one else had done before. This would become one of the high water marks of his career.

The book was called Battalion and it was a hit for him. The book told the stories of his time in the military. He was able to give readers a first hand account of what World War II was like. It was a graphic depiction of the hellish nature of war. This is what made the book a landmark.

After that he was able to take on his passion of nature after the BBC signed him to a contract. He was able to travel the world and give viewers an inside look at the treasures of nature. He was able to continually write columns for papers for years afterward. He was able to keep busy and do what he loved for the rest of his career.

At the later parts of his life Alastair Borthwick became less well known. His programs declined and so did his health. He would stay in a nursing home for his remaining years and eventually pass away at the age of ninety.

Alastair Borthwick was a man who lived his life to the fullest. He may have had some hard time but he was able to find two things that he loved doing and make a career out of both. That is a very hard thing for people to accomplish. Being able to share that with viewers is a true gift indeed. His full life was very well lived.

Alastair Borthwick – Chronicle of the Week

Alastair Borthwick is a highly praised author who’s talent as a writer was not constricted to one genre. Borthwick was famous for his works as an author, broadcaster, journalist, war historian, and organizer of national exhibits.

In 1913 Alastair Brothwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. After being raised in Troon, Ayrshire, he had moved to Glasgow to attend high school at age 11. Brothwick because a copytaker on the Evening Times at age 16 which led him graduating to the Glasgow Weekly Herald. He had written and edited film pages, letters to the editor, and answers to follower’s inquiries all as a teenager.

Brothwick had gotten a job at the Daily Mirror as a reporter. He had gotten fired a year into the job which led his career into a different field: radio broadcasting. Borthwick’s distinct radio broadcasting voice had led him to success. While formal radio voices were the norm, Borthwick spoke naturally in order to sound friendly and relaxed. Alastair Borthwick’s first broadcast was in 1934 and last was in 1995.

Brothwick’s classic, “Always A Little Further,” is a classic with a cult following. The book captures the beginning of the “Wandervogel” movement into the Scottish Hills. It was inspired by the “Wandervogel” movement during Germany’s Weimar Republic. The movement was the mass fascination and love for hiking and was caused by the mass unemployment within the Clydebank shipyards. Hiking relieved stress and became a favorite pastime that was free, thus affordable. By the early 1930s, the movement spanned across northern Europe, resulting in the creation of national youth hostels associations.

Borthwick served in the Second World War initially as a battalion intelligence officer. After the war, he and his wife lived in a cottage off the coast of Jura. After the birth of their son, the family had moved to South Ayrshire where they lived the rest of their lives.

When questioned on how he would want to to be remembered, Alistair Borthwick responded as a journeyman writer who made decent jobs out of required subjects. He said he’d be happy if people thought that “he never broke a deadline and was always printable.”