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Nicholas Evans, British creator of “The Horse Whisperer”, dies

Nicholas Evans, British creator of “The Horse Whisperer”, dies

Evans’ debut novel offered greater than 15 million copies and was tailored right into a Hollywood film starring Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson in her breakout position.

LONDON, UK — Nicholas Evans, the British creator of the bestselling novel “The Horse Whisperer,” has died at 72, his representatives stated Monday.

United Brokers stated Evans died “instantly” on Aug. 9 following a coronary heart assault.

Printed in 1995, “The Horse Whisperer” was Evans’ debut novel and offered greater than 15 million copies worldwide. The story of a coach employed to assist an injured teenager and her horse again to well being was tailored right into a Hollywood film starring Robert Redford because the title character and Scarlett Johansson enjoying younger rider Grace MacLean in her breakout position.

Born in 1950 in Worcestershire, England, Evans studied legislation at Oxford College and labored as a journalist within the Seventies.

He labored as a screenwriter and tv documentary producer earlier than starting work on his debut novel. His different books embrace “The Loop,” “The Smoke Jumper,” “The Divide” and “The Courageous.”

In 2008, Evans turned critically unwell after cooking and consuming toxic mushrooms picked in Scottish forests. He and his household have been hospitalized and needed to endure kidney remedies.

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