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Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 05 Mar 2006

Writer, Novelist

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the thriller writer Harry Patterson - otherwise known as Jack Higgins. Harry Patterson grew up in the midst of the violence and disarray of 1940s Belfast and the turmoil he witnessed there has been an enduring influence on his work. He always knew he wanted to become a writer, but he wasn't a promising pupil at school and left without qualifications. He took himself off to evening classes, gained a degree and trained as a teacher - but he spent every spare evening dreaming up plots for thrillers, always hoping that they might earn him 'an extra bob or two'.

A chance encounter with one of his old teachers made him change his style and develop his characters more fully. He took on the pseudonym Jack Higgins and, in his mid-forties, wrote the book that made him a household name: The Eagle Has Landed. He's written more than sixty novels and sold hundreds of millions of books worldwide. He is one of the few British writers to be as successful in America as here and, at the age of 76, is still creating new plots and new characters.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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Fred Astaire

1.

Fred Astaire

They Can't Take that Away from Me

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Giuseppe Verdi

4.

Giuseppe Verdi

Grand March (from Aida)

Orchestra: The Mounted Band of the Blues and Royals

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Peter Katin

5.

Peter Katin

Le Pastour (Shepherd)

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Ramirez

6.

Ramirez

Gloria - from Misa Criolla - the Brazilian Mass

Soloist: Mercedes Sosa

Fred Astaire

8.

Castaway's favourite

Fred Astaire

Let's Face the Music and Dance

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Book

The complete works by Charles Dickens

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Luxury item

Mobile phone

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 12 Dec 1981

Thriller writer

Roy Plomley's castaway is writer Jack Higgins.

Choices

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

7.

Castaway's favourite

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Minor

Soloist: Rafael Orozco Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Edo de Waart

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Book

The Four Quartets by T S Eliot

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Luxury item

Writing materials

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Occupations

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