Alastair Borthwick was born on February 17th in 1913 and lived upto 25th September 2003. He was widely known for his outstanding skills as an author and was also a broadcaster. His known books made climbing popular and known as a sport for the working class. He also wrote about the Second World War but from a different view from anyone else. He wrote the second world war with the perspective of him as an infantryman. He was born in Rutherglen but h lived in Troon in his mid-childhood but later moved to Glasgow. Alastair Borthwick attended Glasgow high school. He started after finishing High School at the age of 16 and started writing for the Glasgow Weekly Herald. In the small size of staff, he wrote about a broad variety of topics.

Alastair Borthwick is termed as a simple man who had many passions. He was a man existing in the middle class and many of his friends were the common folks. This range from berry pickers and tramps and other many common men. His beliefs were different from other normal people in that he believed an ideal life was made writing many words in the morning and catching salmon when it was afternoon. In addition to writing, Alastair had skills in journalism, he was also a historian of the world war and he also organized for exhibitions. The first novel he wrote about nature. It is known as Always a little further and was a novel which had very clear memories of the times when he would just wonder in the highlands of Scotland before the world war. The second novel, Vivid Sans Peur was about the world war. He described events and dates in a graphic way using graphic terms to bring out the picture in the most vivid way possible.

Life is full of obstacles, rough patches, and misfortunes. This happened to Alastair Borthwick in 1935 after being employed by the Daily Miror. He worked there as a reporter but got fired the after working for a year. This might look like a discouragement but he used the free time to figure out what he really wanted. He moved to radio broadcasting for his nature which includes informality and his easy-going character.