The literary works of Alastair Borthwick, a noted outdoorsman and war hero, are considered timeless because of his touching style of writing and the content that he featured. Born in 1913, he is a native of the Rutherglen area who was raised on Troon and then eventually Glasgow. He spent his life in Scotland experiencing adventure after adventure before serving in World War 2 where he led his battalion to victory behind enemy lines during the dead of the night. The first book that Alastair Borthwick wrote covered his experiences as a mountaineer and was a collection of the Open Air pieces that he had written for the Glasgow Herald. While he may have begun his career at 16 after dropping out of high school to pursue journalism, he ended up moving onto a career in broadcasting and then later television.
As a storyteller, Alastair Borthwick used a style of writing that touched his readers. It was honest about the human experiences he had while he was climbing through these hills. He wasn’t just talking about a sport in these pieces, he was talking about different lives and cultures that existed throughout the mountains and countrysides of Europe. Working-class people were wanting something they could afford to do while they couldn’t find work. While the rich were not satisfied that their sport was being taken over by the working class, but there was nothing that they could do to stop the social change that was taking place throughout all of Europe.
He and the work that he has done are remembered fondly years after he passed away in 2003. Both Always a Little Further and Sans Peur, a book about his life during World War 2, are both still loved today and read widely. The stories he wrote about the military campaigns that he experienced first hand on the front lines on North Africa were widely praised and his second book became a classic in the genre. These stories gave a true and honest account of what it was like to be a junior officer.