Nicholas Evans

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Nicholas Evans
Born Nicholas Benbow Evans
(1950-07-26) 26 July 1950 (age 68)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
Occupation Journalist, screenwriter, film producer, novelist.
Genre Fantasy, Mystery

Nicholas Evans (born 26 July 1950) is an English journalist, screenwriter television and film producer and novelist. Evans was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and educated at Bromsgrove School before studying at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He also served in Africa with the charity Voluntary Service Overseas. He then studied journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter and television screenwriter. He lives in Devon. He has a son, Max Evans, who is head of geography at Preston Manor High School, and a daughter, Lauren. He also has another son, Harry, from a relationship he had with Jane Hewland, the TV producer known for Network 7 and GamesMaster.

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.[1] 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 is married to singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

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,[2] and Evans underwent a transplant in 2011 using a kidney donated by his daughter.[3]

Evans has revealed on his personal website that he has agreed an option to make a film of his third novel, The Smoke Jumper.[4]


  • The Horse Whisperer (1995)
  • The Loop (1998)
  • The Smoke Jumper (2001)
  • The Divide (2005)
  • The Brave (2010)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "Horse Whisperer author, Nicholas Evans, poisoned by wild mushrooms" by Charlene Sweeney, The Times, 3 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Horse whisperer: how my daughter saved my life" in The Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2011.
  4. ^ Nicholas Evans' Personal Website.

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