Alastair Borthwick was a writer and a broadcaster who was born in Rutherglen, Lanark shire on February 1913. He got married in 1940 to the late Anne Corbett who passed on in 2003. Alastair Borthwick has been part of the writings about climbing and mountaineering poetry. Borthwick wrote books that popularized climbing as a sport in Scotland. He was inspired by Wander Vogel a movement in the Germanys Weimar Republic. This was a trend of interest for hikes and climbing that had extended up to northern Europe by 1930s and brought about the formation of national youth hostel associations.
Borthwick wrote about individuals in the new breed of impoverished unrestricted climber and gangrels of all sorts unlike other authors like W.H Murray and J.H.B Bell who decided to record activities of the mountaineering. He was working as a Battalion Intelligence Officer and got up to the rank of being a captain. Later he shifted to Reconnaissance Corps in January 14th, 1941 after being endorsed to substantive lieutenant. After this Borthwick moved to 5th Seaforth Highlanders in October 1944. Alastair Borthwick significance was realized in the Netherlands when he took a battalion of 600 men behind rival lines through his belief in the direction as there were no maps. When the Germans woke up the following day, they realized that the British had dug in behind them.
Sans Peur was waxed as the second book penned by Alastair Borthwick which was later published in 1994 as the Battalion. The book talked about the history of his regime during the war. The book was written from the concept of a junior officer who was at the forefront and was highly admired. Alastair decided to work as a television and radio broadcaster where he took writing and presenting programs dealing with subjects from Joseph McCarthy to Bonnie Prince Charlie. He appreciated Scottish Soldier as one of the best work from his time. History of the Scottish regiments was a thirteen-part series that was from infantryman. The author got chosen as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1952 New Year Honors, and this was because of his incorporation to help in engineering exhibition as part of the Festival of Britain.