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The End of the War of Alastair Borthwick

by Chris Holden - August 8th, 2019.
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In 1929 and at the age of 16, Alastair Borthwick dropped out of High School and got a position with the Glasgow newspaper the Glasgow Weekly Herald. During his time writing for this paper, he had the opportunity to write about many subjects. One of these concerning chronicling the city’s growing hiking and mountain climbing movement among its working class. In the process, enjoying nature in all of its forms became a lifelong passion for him. Many of his newspaper articles on the subject would later be used as the basis of his most famous novel.

He left the paper and Glasgow in 1935 to take a writing position with the newspaper the Daily Mirror in London. It didn’t go very well and a year later he moved back to Glasgow where he got a job with BBC. In 1939 he published his classic mountaineering novel, “Always a Little Further.” In 1940 he joined Scotland as a soldier in World War II. He would spend the entirety of the war fighting in some of its fiercest battles. Just a few months after the end of the war, he published his classic war memoir “Sans Peur.” It was also in the same year that he and his wife Anne, who he had married in 1940 right before the war, moved to a small remote Scottish island named Jura.

They lived here for the next seven years. During this time he continued working for BBC and his son Patrick was born. In 1952 they finally started the process of moving back to the mainland. They first moved to the neighboring and more populous island of Islay where they lived until 1960. At that time they moved back to the mainland, settling in Ayrshire where they would spend the next 30 years. It was also during the ’60 that he became associated with the television industry, primarily as a scriptwriter.

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