Nicholas Evans (born 26 July 1950 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England) is an English journalist, screenwriter television and film producer and novelist. Evans was educated at Bromsgrove School but before studying at Oxford University, he served in Africa with the charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). He then studied journalism and worked as a newspaperreporter and television screenwriter. He lives in Devon. He has a son called 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 famous 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. 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". Made into a motion picture in 1998, Robert Redford directed and starred in the film version 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. The poisoning was non-fatal, though Evans and the others had to undergo kidney dialysis.
Evans, revealed on his personal website that he has agreed an option to make a movie of his third novel, The Smoke Jumper.