Horse Whisperer Writer Poisoned by Mushrooms

Author and family recovering after eating varieties they'd picked
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 3, 2008 12:24 PM CDT
Nicholas Evans, author best-selling book "The Horse Whisperer," is critically ill after eating poisonous mushrooms.   (Times (UK), Christopher Jones)

(Newser) – The author of the best-selling novel The Horse Whisperer is recovering in a hospital after eating poisonous mushrooms he and his family picked during a holiday in Scotland, his agent said yesterday. Nicholas Evans, his wife, her sister and the sister's husband received dialysis treatment because the mushrooms included the highly toxic variety Cortinarius speciosissimus, which attacks the kidneys.