Henry Patterson, the bestselling novelist who wrote the The Eagle Has Landed, has died aged 92.

The writer died at his home in Jersey surrounded by his family, his publisher HarperCollins said.

Patterson wrote 85 novels, predominantly thrillers and in the espionage genre, using the pseudonym Jack Higgins.

He is most synonymous with writing The Eagle Has Landed, set during the second world war, which was published in 1975.

It sold more than 50m copies and was adapted into a British film of the same name which starred Sir Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Jenny Agutter and Robert Duvall.