Alastair Borthwick has worked in a number of different positions over the course of his life, but he is most well known for his time as a writer. He was born in Rutherglen and grew up in Troon after relocating with his parents around Scotland. Alastair started going to school when he was 11 in Glasgow, but he ended up dropping out of high school by the age of 16 years old. Leaving school behind wasn’t such a bad move for Alastair because he was able to start working right away for a newspaper company writing short stories based on reports. As a member of the Glasgow Herald, Alastair Borthwick was able to improve his writing and journalism skills, which would eventually allow him to become one of the best selling authors in the country.
Until 1939, Alastair took on relatively small journalism positions at his newspaper companies while at the same time writing on his own accord. Things changed once Alastair was able to land a position at the Daily Mirror in London in 1939, which was a significant promotion. Alastair relocated with his family to take the position and they spent an entire year in London before moving back to Glasgow and then Islay shortly after. The lifestyle in London during 1939 was hectic, with a lot of industrial growth going on around the country, which ultimately caused Alastair and his family to leave.
It was only a couple of years later that the second world war broke out and Alastair Borthwick signed up as an intelligence officer. Alastair’s curiosity and desire for adventure are what caused him to join up as an intelligence officer, and it happened to be one of the most extraordinary experiences of his life. Hostilities did not last that long and when they ended, Alastair spent the next couple of years writing about the event and his journey with the Seaforth Highlanders, which was the 5th battalion infantry regiment of the British Army.