Nicholas Evans, author of 'The Horse Whisperer', has died

Nicholas Evans, author of «The Horse Whisperer

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British writer Nicholas Evans, author of the best-selling novel 'The Horse Whisperer', died of a heart attack aged 72 years, his agent announced on Monday. 

His death occurred on August 9, but was not made public until almost a week later in a statement: “United Agents is very sad to announce the passing of celebrated author Nicholas Evans who died suddenly on Tuesday, following a heart attack.”

Born in central England in 1950, he studied law at Oxford before becoming a journalist, first for the local press and then for television.

He is best known for his first novel which met with enormous success, 'The Man Who Whispered to the ear of horses” (“The Horse Whisperer”), published in 1995 and sold fifteen million copies worldwide.

The novel tells the story of a young girl seriously injured in an accident of horse, during which her best friend is killed and her animal mutilated. To cure her, her mother decides on a last-ditch expedition to Montana where the “whisperer” Tom Booker lives, who has a reputation for caring for the most difficult horses.

The book has been adapted for the cinema by Robert Redford, at the same time the director, the actor and the producer of this hymn to the great outdoors, to the virgin nature and to the horses.

Released in 1998, the film with Scarlett Johansson and Kristin Scott Thomas, was nominated for an Oscar, without winning any awards.