Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer, has died aged 72.
A statement from his literary agency said the novelist, screenwriter and journalist died on Tuesday, August 9 after a heart attack.
A statement said: “United Agents is saddened to announce the sudden death of best-selling author Nicholas Evans, who died suddenly on Tuesday … following a heart attack, aged 72.”
Published in 1995, The Horse Whisperer is Evans’ debut novel and follows a complex and talented trainer who is hired to help an injured teenager and her horse return to health. after a serious injury.
It sold over 15 million copies and became the 10th best-selling novel of the year in the US.
The story was adapted to the big screen in 1998 by Hollywood actor Robert Redford, who played the lead role, with Scarlett Johansson playing young racer Grace MacLean in her breakout role.
Kristin Scott Thomas plays her mother, Annie, while Sam Neill plays her father, Robert.
Born in 1950 in Worcestershire, Evans was educated at Bromsgrove School before reading law at Oxford.
During the 1970s, he worked as a journalist for the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle upon Tyne before moving into broadcasting media.
He specializes in American politics and foreign affairs and spends time covering the war in Beirut .
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By the 1980s, he was working at London Weekend Television, producing films about Sir Laurence Olivier, Francis Bacon and David Hockney for The South Bank Show.
After developing his screenwriting skills with projects starring Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir Ian Holm and more, he began working on his debut novel, The Horse Whisperer.
Dell Publishing agreed to pay US$3.15 million (£2.1 million at the time) for the rights to the film in North America.
His other works include The Loop (1998), The Smoke Jumper (2001), The Divide (2005) and The Brave (2010).
In 2008, Evans fell ill after cooking and ingesting poisonous mushrooms picked in the local woods while staying with his wife, Charlotte, at her brother’s estate in Scotland.
The Evans, along with their brother Sir Alastair Gordon-Cumming and his wife Lady Louisa, were transferred to the Royal Aberdeen Infirmary, where they were treated with dialysis and other kidney treatments.
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