Nicholas Evans (born 26 July 1950) is an English journalist, screenwriter television and film producer and novelist.
|Born||Nicholas Benbow Evans|
26 July 1950
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
|Occupation||Journalist, screenwriter, film producer, novelist.|
Evans was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and educated at Bromsgrove School before studying at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He served in Africa with the charity Voluntary Service Overseas, after which he studied journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter and television screenwriter.
His novel The Horse Whisperer was No. 10 on the list of bestselling novels in the United States for 1995 as determined by The New York Times. With 15 million copies sold, it is on the list of the best-selling books of all time. In the UK, The Horse Whisperer was listed on the BBC's Big Read, a 2003 survey with the goal of finding the "nation's best-loved book". It was made into a film in 1998; Robert Redford directed, and he starred opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, along with Scarlett Johansson and Sam Neill.
Evans has revealed on his personal website that he has agreed an option to make a film of his third novel, The Smoke Jumper.
Evans is married to singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming. He lives in Devon and has three children: a son, Max Evans, who is head of geography at Preston Manor High School; a daughter, Lauren; and another son, Harry, from a relationship he had with Jane Hewland, the TV producer known for Network 7 and GamesMaster.
Evans, Cumming and several of their relatives were poisoned in September 2008 after consuming deadly webcap mushrooms that they gathered on holiday in Scotland. They all had to undergo kidney dialysis, and Evans underwent a transplant in 2011 using a kidney donated by his daughter.
- The Horse Whisperer (1995)
- The Loop (1998)
- The Smoke Jumper (2001)
- The Divide (2005)
- The Brave (2010)
- The Forres Gazette Archived 27 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine on The Horse Whisperer: "Mr Evans is the author of "The Horse Whisperer", which sold 15 million copies worldwide and was made into a Hollywood film in 1998 directed by and starring Robert Redford." (10 September 2008)
- http://www.nicholasevans.com/ Nicholas Evans' Personal Website.
- "Horse Whisperer author, Nicholas Evans, poisoned by wild mushrooms" by Charlene Sweeney, The Times, 3 September 2008.
- "Horse whisperer: how my daughter saved my life" in The Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2011.