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Alastair Borthwick, the Writer with a Difference

Journalist / January 4, 2019 / No Comments /

In the writing world, a majority of people are known for the impact they have with the books they create. Only a few writers are known for having an impact that goes beyond the words they write in every book they publish. One such author is Alastair Borthwick. He is a famous writer and he is popularly known for his best seller novel “Always a Little Further”. Apart from his being remembered as the best selling author, he is also remembered for the role he played in the first world war. He was born in Ayrshire where he lived with his parents until the age of 11.

It was at the age of 11 where they moved to Glasgow and went to high school where he dropped out of high school at the age of 16. His decision to drop out of high school was because he wanted to become a copytaker working on the Evening Times. His duties as a copytaker were varied mainly because of the number of staff the paper employed to carry out day to day activities. Some of the duties he carried out at the paper include film content, editing women’s and children’s content, complaining the crossword, and responding to queries from readers.

It was through his work at the Evening Times where he discovered Mountaineering. According to Alastair Borthwick, he became obsessed with this leisure activity immediately. He would later use his experiences when mountaineering to creating his best selling novel “Always a Little Further”. When writing this book, there was a lot of unemployment and people would use this leisure activity to send their time wisely as they looked for employment. However, during his time mountaineering, he had already signed up for the war against Germany. His efforts during the war did not go unnoticed and it saw him reach the rank of Captain, where he served as battalion intelligence officer.

Towards the end of the war, Alastair Borthwick, would later lead 600 men behind enemy lines and this would secure the win for Alastair. His book was not only a best publisher, but also one with humor and unique style.

Fins out more about Alstair Borthwick: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/alastair-borthwick-gf0fkwlb07r

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