Alistair Borthwick was a Scottish author who was most famous for a couple of books that he wrote during the first half of the Twentieth Century. These two books Always A Little Further from 1939 and Sans Peur from 1946 gave vivid insights into to major areas of experience that had been major influencers over the life and outlook of Alistair Borthwick. The former was inspired by his experience exploring the highlands of his native Scotland and the latter was based on his experiences serving in the British military during the horrors of the Second World War. Through these writings, he was able to paint a vivid picture of the people and the landscapes that he encountered and these facts made him a truly beloved literary figure.
Much of the youth of Alistair Borthwick was spent in the Scottish city of Glasgow though he came originally from the town of Troon. By the age of sixteen, he entered the workforce as an employee of the Glasgow Weekly Herald where he quickly gained a number of important duties due to the small nature of the staff at the publication. This gave him the opportunity to quickly become a key cog in the works at the paper and to gain experience as an editor and writer. During this time period, he also became fascinated by the pastime of hillwalking. He followed this passion to a great extent in the Scottish Highlands. He would end up writing about his vivid experiences in the paper and these writings provided a great deal of the material for the book Always A Little Further.
During the World War II effort, Alistair Borthwick attained the ranking of Captain. During this time he held the role of intelligence officer for his battalion. Later on, during 1944, he was transferred over to the distinguished 5th Seaforth Highlanders division. It was during these experiences at war that the inspiration for his book Sans Puer was born. Though Alistair Borthwick passed from this life during 2003, he continues to be recognized as one of the most important writers of his generation to come out of Scotland.