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John Higgins
John Higgins spent most of his career teaching English in Thailand, Norway, Tanzania, Turkey, Egypt and Yugoslavia. Then he ran courses at Bristol and Stirling universities in using computers for language learning. Since retiring in 2001, he has maintained two sets of web pages, one on homophones, homographs and minimal pairs, and one on favorite authors, notably Victor Canning, but dipping into E.F.Benson, Andrew Garve, Robert van Gulik, Peter O'Donnell and Harry Kemelman. He also plays golf in spite of having no talent for it.

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Victor Canning: Forgotten Rival of Ian Fleming

By John Higgins. Dec 18, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Literature, Mystery, Suspense & Crime

Victor Canning was a prolific writer who would surely be as famous as Ian Fleming if he had managed to write a little less. Certainly in the 1950s he was better known than Fleming in Britain and the United States. If only President Kennedy had picked up a copy of Panthers’ Moon rather than From Russia with Love, Canning might enjoy a greater legacy today.


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