Author Nicholas Evans, who wrote The Horse Whisperer, has died following a heart attack at the age of 72, his representatives have confirmed.

Published in 1995, The Horse Whisperer sold 15 million copies around the world and has been translated into 40 languages.

It was made into a movie starring Robert Redford, released in 1998.

Evans' other works include The Brave, The Loop, The Divide and The Smoke Jumper.

: "Nicholas Evans was a masterful storyteller and one of the most successful, best-loved novelists of his generation.

Born in 1950 in Worcestershire, Evans was educated at Bromsgrove School before reading law at Oxford.

During the 1970s, he worked as a journalist on the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne before moving into broadcasting. 

By the 1980s, Evans was working at London Weekend Television, producing films on Sir Laurence Olivier, Francis Bacon and David Hockney for The South Bank Show.