Nicholas Evans: Illness improved my new novel
13th October 2010
Nicholas Evans found that a near-death experience two years ago allowed him to view his latest novel with 'fresh eyes'.
The bestselling novelist told the South Devon Herald Express that he is 'pleased' to have finished writing The Brave, after mushroom poisoning left him unable to work on the book.
Evans, whose debut novel was The Horse Whisperer, fell ill after eating cortinarius speciosissimus mushrooms that he picked with his family in a Scottish wood. He now needs a kidney transplant.
The writer explained that he did not work on his new novel for a year after his health problems began, but then found he had a new perspective on the story when he returned to it.
'What happened to us had a profound effect. I became very aware of the vulnerability of life and I had this surge of empathy for my book's character,' Evans told the newspaper.
He added that he believes The Brave is a better book because of his brush with death.
Other novels written by Evans include The Loop, The Smoke Jumper and The Divide.