novelist, born in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, and best known for the novel Langrishe, Go Down (1966), a pungent contribution to the Irish ‘big house’ genre. Set in the 1930s, in a disintegrating mansion, it has at its centre a trio of ageing sisters. Higgins experiments in narrative techniques in Balcony of Europe (1972), a novel set in Ireland and Andalucia. Donkey's Years (1995), Dog Days (1997), and The Whole Hog (2000) are autobiographical. Higgins has also produced some striking travel writing.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).