Jack Higgins
Name: Jack Higgins
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 27, 1929
Age: 93
Country: England
Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins was born on July 27, 1929 in England (93 years old). Jack Higgins is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Leo. Nationality: England. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.


He authored the Paul Chavasse, Simon Vaughn, Liam Devlin and Nick Miller book series.

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Before Fame

He served in the army and later earned a degree in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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Jack Higgins was born Henry Patterson on 27 July 1929 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, to an English father and a Northern Irish mother. When his father abandoned them soon afterward, his mother returned with him to her home town of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to live with her mother and her grandfather on Shankill Road. Raised amid the religious and political violence of Belfast, Patterson learned to read at the age of three, when he was tasked with reading The Christian Herald to his bed-ridden grandfather. At night, he would crouch beneath a window and read by the light of street lamps.


When his mother remarried, the family relocated to Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, where Patterson attended the Roundhay Grammar School for Boys. He proved to be an indifferent student and left school with few formal qualifications. In 1947 he began two years of national service, at first with the East Yorkshire Regiment, and later as a non-commissioned officer of the Royal Horse Guards Regiment of the Household Cavalry doing security work on the East German border.


Higgins met Amy Hewitt while both were studying at the London School of Economics. They were married in 1958, soon after he received a £75 ($210) advance for his first novel—"the biggest wedding present we could have had." They have four children: Sarah (born 1960), Ruth (born 1962), Sean (born 1965), and Hannah (born 1974). Their daughter Sarah Patterson authored the novel The Distant Summer (1976). Higgins lives on Jersey, in the Channel Islands,


In 1959, Higgins began writing novels. One of his aliases was James Graham. The growing success of his early work allowed him to take time off from his teaching, which he quit eventually to become a full-time novelist.


Patterson began using the pseudonym Jack Higgins during the late 1960s; his first minor bestsellers were published during the early 1970s, two contemporary thrillers The Savage Day and A Prayer for the Dying, but it was the publication of his thirty-sixth book, The Eagle Has Landed, in 1975, that made Higgins' reputation. Its plot concerns a German commando unit sent into England to kidnap Winston Churchill, and is reminiscent of Alberto Cavalcanti's wartime movie Went the Day Well?, which itself was based on the 1942 Graham Greene short story "The Lieutenant Died Last". The main character is arguably an Irish gunman and poet, Liam Devlin. Higgins followed The Eagle Has Landed with a series of thrillers, including several (Touch The Devil, Confessional, The Eagle Has Flown) featuring the character Devlin.


After leaving the army, he returned to London to study sociology at the London School of Economics while working as a driver and labourer at night. He chose the university for its "history of nonconformism". He received his third-class degree after three years of study. After getting a teaching qualification, he accepted a job lecturing in social psychology and criminology. He taught liberal studies at Leeds Polytechnic University and education at James Graham College, which became part of Leeds Polytechnic in 1976.


The third phase of Patterson's career began with the publication of Eye of the Storm in 1992, a fictionalised retelling of an unsuccessful mortar attack on Prime Minister John Major, by a ruthless young Irish gunman-philosopher named Sean Dillon, hired by an Iraqi millionaire. Cast as the main character for the next series of novels (22 to date, out of 43 published between 1992 and 2017), it is apparent that Dillon is in many ways an amalgamation of Patterson's previous heroes—Chavasse with his flair for languages, Nick Miller's familiarity with martial arts and jazz keyboard skills, Simon Vaughan's Irish roots, facility with firearms and the cynicism that comes with assuming the responsibility of administering a justice unavailable through a civilized legal system.

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