Alastair Borthwick has excelled as a writer he has written various books which have been liked by many. His books are inspired by the experiences encountered in life. He wrote the book ‟Always A Little Further” that was inspired by the hiking activities that took place in the Scottish Highlands. Alastair Borthwick decided to record his outdoor activities experienced during the weekend. Alastair used the book to relate the work done by the motorcyclists, bird watchers, hikers and other middle-class people activities. Alastair used his already written articles at Glasgow Weekly to compile the book.
During the times of the Second World War, Alastair joined the 51st Highland Division of the 5th Seaforth battalion. He was a loyal infantry soldier promoted to the rank of a captain. He led the force to success when they pushed the German Army out of Northern Africa. The Colonel John Sym requested Alastair to record the activities they had had. This opportunity was a dream come true as he was skilled and talented in writing. He was to write about the military experience for the six months they were at war. At times they would go for more than 300 miles from North Africa to Europe where enemies surrounded them.
Alastair Borthwick wrote ‟Sans Peur” an outstanding book. The book explains Cleary how the ordinary civilians became successful. The book describes the heat in the battlefield and the strategies used to plan battles. Alastair did not only use imaginary characters he used very intense conversations from the soldiers creating a clear picture of how the actions were tight. The book has been read by many people who have given their feedback on its great significance.
After the war Alastair decide to settle with his wife Anne and his son Patrick at the Isle of Jura, Borthwick did not give up on writing he continued writing as well as fishing and crofting. They lived in a small cottage whereas it gave him the peace and gave him the fantasy to write. After some time the family moved to Glasgow where Alastair joined the broadcasting field.