british writer Nicholas Evans, author of the bestseller ‘The man who whispered to horses’, has died at the age of 72 after suffering a heart attack, his agency announced on Monday.
A statement released this Monday indicated that Evans, also recognized for his work as a journalist and television writer, “died suddenly” last Tuesday due to heart failure.
Born in Bromsgrove, in the English county of Worcestershire, he rose to fame in 1995 with the novel ‘The man who whispered to the horses‘, a work with which he took the top positions in the sales charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
The success of this book led the American actor Robert Redford to direct a film of the same name in 1998, in which he himself starred alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Scarlett Johansson y Sam Neill.
This novel It was followed by “Land of Wolves” (1998), “Through the Fire” (1999), “When the Abyss Separates” (2005) and “The Man Who Wanted to Be Brave” (2010).
Evans began his professional career with letters in the late 1970s as a journalist for the newspaper Evening Time.news in the town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from where he later made the leap to television.
In this environment he specialized in American politics and foreign affairs in general, which led him to cover the war in Lebanon just before debuting in fiction with “The man who whispered to the horses”.
His experience in Beirut and in international politics also served him well in writing his latest work, “The man who wanted to be brave“, in which he addressed family secrets and the “effects of war and the human cost”, as Evans himself explained in an interview with Efe in 2011.
Evans took several years to finish this book since in 2008 he was intoxicated by ingesting some poison arrows that he had picked up with his wife, the singer-songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cummingand his brother-in-law, Alastair, at his country residence in Scotland.
The author explained that they had eaten the mushrooms at night but began to feel unwell the next morning and realized immediately that they had eaten poisonous mushrooms.
Evans and his wife were near to death, but the writer received a kidney transplant in 2011.