Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, England, on the last day of 1974. He was educated at the stiflingly all-boy Lancaster Royal Grammar School, where he spent much of his time playing computer games, rolling dice, and drawing maps of places that don’t exist.
In 2002, he sat down once to write an epic fantasy trilogy based around the misadventures of thinking man’s barbarian, Logen Ninefingers. With heroic help and support from his family the first volume, The Blade Itself, was completed in 2004.
Following a heart-breaking trail of rejection at the hands of several of Britain’s foremost literary agencies, The First Law trilogy was snatched up by Gillian Redfearn of Gollancz in 2005 in a seven-figure deal (if you count the pence columns).
A year later The Blade Itself was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. The sequels, Before They are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings were published in 2007 and 2008, when Joe was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. Best Served Cold, a standalone book set in the same world, was published in June 2009, and a second standalone, The Heroes, came in January 2011 and made no. 3 on the Sunday Times Hardcover Bestseller List.
Joe now lives in Bath with his wife and three children.
Joe looks forward to seeing all his fans at the Brisbane and Adelaide expos where he will be appearing on both days of both events between 11am and 5pm. Joe will be appearing in a publicly accessible Q&A on the Sunday of each event too.
- Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending