Nicholas Evans, the internationally-acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, agrees to publish his next two novels with Penguin Putnam Inc.

Nicholas Evans is Reunited with Original Publisher and Editor, Carole Baron

New York, New York, May 14, 2002?Nicholas Evans, the internationally-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author, has agreed to publish his next two novels with Penguin Putnam Inc., it was announced today by Carole Baron, President of both the Dutton and G. P. Putnam's Sons imprints. Penguin Putnam Inc. has acquired the rights to publish both books in hardcover and paperback. The first one, not yet titled, will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in hardcover in 2004.

To date, Mr. Evans has written three books, all of which have been critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers in both hardcover and paperback. From his unique point of view he has written about real people against the epic grandeur of the American West. His books are published in more than 20 countries and 35 languages. His first novel, The Horse Whisperer, became an instant publishing phenomenon when it was released in hardcover in 1995. It held the #1 position on bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, where it remained on The New York Times bestseller list for over 58 weeks and achieved the #1 spot faster than any other first novel in history. Robert Redford went on to produce, direct, and star in The Horse Whisperer in 1998, when the book once again reached #1 on The New York Times and other bestseller lists internationally.

Mr. Evans' most recent novel, The Smoke Jumper, which was published in August 2001 and topped The New York Times hardcover bestseller list for 7 weeks, once again capturing the imagination of readers everywhere. The paperback edition is scheduled for publication later this year. Prior to that Mr. Evans' penned The Loop in 1998, which was also a New York Times bestseller. All combined, there are over 25 million copies of his books in print around the world.

Carole Baron commented, ?I am elated to be reunited with Nick. Ever since I read The Horse Whisperer, I have been enthralled by his stories. He's an extraordinary talent and a master storyteller. I am proud to have him join our Penguin Putnam family.?

Nicholas Evans commented, "It's wonderful to have the chance to work again with Carole. It was she who originally had faith in me as a first-time novelist. Her guidance as editor and publisher has made a crucial contribution to my writing."

Nicholas Evans was born and grew up in Worcestershire, England. He studied law at Oxford University, graduating with first class honors, then worked as a journalist for three years on the
Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He then moved into television, producing films about US politics and the Middle-East for a weekly current affairs program called Weekend
World. It was during this time that he traveled a lot and got to know the United States.

In 1982 he started to produce arts documentaries about famous writers, painters, and film-makers, several of which won international awards (films about David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Patricia Highsmith). In 1983 he made a film about the great British director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, etc.). Lean became a friend and mentor and persuaded Evans to switch from fact to fiction.

For the next ten years, Evans wrote and produced a number of films for television and the cinema. In 1993 he met a blacksmith in the far South-West of England who told him about horse whisperers ? people who have the gift of healing traumatized horses. Evans started work on what was to be his first novel.

Nicholas Evans is represented by Caradoc King at AP Watt Literary Agency in London.

Notes

Penguin Putnam Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Putnam is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Plume, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson (FTSE: PSON; NYSE: PSO). Pearson is an international media company with market leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. For more information, visit http://www.pearson.com./

Contact:

Marilyn Ducksworth

 

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

 

212-366-2564

 

Bob Cavosi

 

Manager, Corporate Communications

 

212-366-2687