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Joe Abercrombie

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Occupation  Novelist
Name  Joe Abercrombie
Nationality  British
Role  Writer
Period  2004–present
Spouse  Lou Abercrombie
Genre  Fantasy

Joe Abercrombie

Born  31 December 1974 (age 40) Lancaster, England (1974-12-31)
Alma mater  University of Manchester
Notable works  The First Law Shattered Sea
Children  Teddy Abercrombie, Grace Abercrombie, Eve Abercrombie
Awards  Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art
Education  Lancaster Royal Grammar School, University of Manchester
Books  The Blade Itself, Half a King, Best Served Cold, Red Country, Shattered Sea
Similar People  Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, George R R Martin, Scott Lynch, Brent Weeks

Meet the author joe abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie (born 31 December 1974) is a British fantasy writer and film editor. He is the author of a trilogy called The First Law and other fantasy books in the same setting. His novel Half a King won the 2015 Locus Award for best Young Adult book.


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Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, England. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology.

Abercrombie had a job making tea at a television production company before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. As a freelance film editor, Abercrombie found himself with more free time than he previously had. With this time, he decided to reconsider a story plot he had dreamed up in his University days that had once been scrapped. The idea had started out six years prior as a result of Abercrombie's dream of "single-handedly redefining the fantasy genre". He began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It took a year of rejection by publishing agencies before Gillian Redfearn of Gollancz accepted the book for a five-figure deal in 2005 ("a seven-figure deal if you count the pence columns"). It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed in the succeeding two years by two other books in the trilogy, by the titles of Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, respectively. In 2008, Joe Abercrombie was "a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer"; that same year Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Miéville. In 2009, Abercrombie released the novel Best Served Cold. It is set in the same world as The First Law Trilogy but is a stand-alone novel. He followed with The Heroes (2011) and Red Country (2012), both again set in the world of the First Law Trilogy. Abercrombie lives in Bath, Somerset with his wife and three children.

In 2011, Abercrombie signed a deal with Gollancz for 4 more books set in the First Law world. In 2013, HarperCollins' fantasy and children's imprints acquired the rights to three books by Abercrombie, aimed at younger readers. The three standalone but interconnected novels form a "classic coming-of-age tale", with the first volume, Half a King, published in summer 2014 (The Shattered Sea Trilogy).


  • 2015 Locus Award for best Young Adult Novel for Half a King
  • 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection for Sharp Ends (nominee)
  • References

    Joe Abercrombie Wikipedia