is a prolific writer who was able to amass a vast collection of books he
penned through the years. It was not unheard of for Higgins to published
three or four books a year; all this while being a full time teacher of
liberal arts at Leeds Polytechnic.
Because of all the books Higgins wrote, he used many pen names including
Harry Patterson, Hugh Marlowe, James Graham, and Martin Fallon.
Higgins wrote thirty some books which sold, but were nothing of
significance until 1975 when his novel, The Eagle Has Landed. This novel
marked the evolution and learning of Higgins, as it is noted that his
plot and length of the novel, as well as the in depth characters. This
novel became a bestseller, selling over fifty million copies worldwide.
Many of his books have also been written for the big screen, including
Itís interesting to note that Higgins, given his work ethic towards his
writing, was not very good in school, and never actually finished his
high school years of study. It wasnít until an intelligence test in the
British Army that made him think twice about his mental aptitude. He
scored quite high and this gave him the confidence to attend college
once he was out of the army.
The success of The Eagle has Landed allowed Higgins to retire
from teaching and to take on writing full time. Higgins currently lives
in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, with his daughter who has taken after
her father and has published a novel herself.