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Joe Abercrombie is a freelance film editor, working mostly on documentaries and live music events. He lives and works in London. The First Law is his debut series. He won a Locus Award 2015 for science-fiction in the Young Adult Book Category with his title Half a King. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Blade Itself… (more)
The Blade Itself 7,068 copies, 225 reviews
Before They Are Hanged 4,400 copies, 120 reviews
Last Argument of Kings 4,009 copies, 112 reviews
Best Served Cold 2,729 copies, 87 reviews
Half a King 2,086 copies, 149 reviews
The Heroes 1,878 copies, 52 reviews
Red Country 1,371 copies, 54 reviews
Half the World 1,148 copies, 71 reviews
A Little Hatred (Author) 1,000 copies, 17 reviews
Half a War 961 copies, 56 reviews
Sharp Ends 612 copies, 17 reviews
The Trouble With Peace 552 copies, 8 reviews
The Wisdom of Crowds 405 copies, 8 reviews
The First Law Trilogy 247 copies, 10 reviews
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Two's Company 11 copies, 3 reviews
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Tough Times All Over 4 copies, 1 review
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Joe Abercrombie is a British fantasy writer and film editor. He is the author of The First Law trilogy, as well as other fantasy books in the same setting and a trilogy of young adult novels. His novel Half a King won the 2015 Locus Award for best Young Adult book.

Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, 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 conceived while attending University.

Abercrombie 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. The three standalone novels were later collected into an omnibus edition under the name The Great Leveller.

In 2011, Abercrombie signed a deal with Gollancz for four 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 were released as the Shattered Sea trilogy.
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