Red Country UK Tour

September 10th, 2012

Joy be to the United Kingdom, for we now have an itinerary for Red Country events scattered across mainland Britain during October like shining stars across the sable cloth of the heavens.  Lunchtime events tend to be signings only, evening events tend to be with a reading and Q&A.  We don’t have firm times on the two scottish dates, yet, I’ll post as soon as we do.  For ticket prices, contact the relevant store, probably somewhere around the £3-5 mark, and often they’re redeemable against the price of a book.


Thursday 18th October

12.30pm – Waterstones Guildford

7pm – Waterstones Piccadilly, London (ticketed)


Friday 19th October

12.30pm – Waterstones Staines

6pm – Forbidden Planet London


Saturday 20th October

2pm – Waterstones Bristol Galleries


Monday 22nd October

12.30pm – Waterstones Liverpool One

7pm – Waterstones Manchester Deansgate (ticketed)


Tuesday 23rd October

12.30pm – Waterstones York

7pm – Waterstones Leeds (ticketed)


Wednesday 24th October

12.30pm – Waterstones Chesterfield

6pm -Waterstones Newcastle Emerson Chambers (ticketed)


Thursday 25th October

Time TBC – Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall St.

Time TBC – Waterstones Edinburgh Princes St.


Friday 26th October

7.45pm – Toppings Bath (ticketed)


Rules of engagement – I’ll pretty much sign anything I’ve written, so by all means bring old books with you, though it would be only good manners to the store to be buying at least one book at the same time.  Dedications and lines are no problem, but I don’t draw.  If you’ve got a big stack of books and there’s something of a queue you might be asked to wait until the end.  Proofs are a slightly different matter, as policies are prone to shift, so I can’t promise to give you whatever you’d like in a proof, but honestly I usually do…

Posted in appearances by Joe Abercrombie on September 10th, 2012.

60 comments so far

  • Oh man! I *have* to move to the UK.

  • Say ‘hello’ to York for me while you’re there. I’m eagerly awaiting the New Zealand tour announcement. It’s only a 20 to 30 hour flight away you know. 🙂

  • Jared says:

    Well, thank GOD. I just realised that – horror of horrors – my HEROES stuff is unsigned. I may be one of those ‘end of the queue’ chaps…

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    End of the queue tends to be more for dealers who want a couple of dozen books signed, rather than just their own. Does depend a bit on attendance.

  • bta says:

    Thanks for the info, Joe.
    Hmm.. maybe nearer the dates I’ll ring a venue and find out if I can pre-order a S/L/D copy.

    BTW – being out in the boonies I’ve got used to being off the beaten track so far as signing tours are concerned, but this time it looks as if the organiser has a map missing the middle of the UK. No events in an area bounded by Worcester, Cardiff, Chester, Nottingham, Leicester, Norwich, Cambridge. Very strange, like a sandwich with no filling.

  • Michael says:

    Guilford! Hell yeah, I’ll be there!

  • Patrick says:

    Hi Joe. Are you still going to Adelaide Supernova?

    Cause I booked my plane-trip and I’d hate to have to come hunt you down in the UK….

  • Shahriar says:

    No drawings? 🙁
    Awww there goes my Ninefingers request!
    What do people usually ask for proof? See you at forbidden planet

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    We go to places somewhat on the basis of shops my publicist knows get good crowds in, somewhat on the basis of pitches, somewhat on the basis of where we can physically get to, so it’s not always about coverage per se.

    Yeah, Adelaide and Brisbane Supanovas, plus Sydney Genrecon and a few other bookshop events scattered about Australia, I’ll let you know all the details as I get them.

  • Mitchell Lurie says:

    I do wish you’d make a trip to the states one of these days..

  • Mark C says:

    On the road agaaaaiiiinnnnnn! 🙂

  • Krijn says:

    What about a world tour?

    Would be great to have you in Cape Town!

  • Alex says:


    Any chance of a date for Birmingham? Missed you on the Heroes tour, did get a signed copy afterwards tho:)

  • Bob says:

    Fabulous, I shall see you in Birmingham…


  • Allie says:

    😀 Just booked the day off work for your Guildford visit! So excited. I missed you last time you were there and I was very upset.

  • Brett says:

    Ahh damn, I wanted my copy of Red County to be signed, to sit nicely along side my signed copies of all of your other books. Alas, you aren’t coming to Nottingham, so it shall have to sit apart unsigned, but equally loved.

  • Sonny Regis says:

    Come to Norwich, Joe!!! It’s the Osrung of East Anglia!

  • Andrew Gray says:

    This is a 3/4 Uk Tour. Get on your jet ski, Joe, and do the rest. Belfast has a Waterstones too.

  • ColinJ says:

    Joe’s one of the few authors where it is totally appropriate to go out and tour like a fucking rock star.

    Not many fantasy authors inspire such a dedicated fanbase to come out and press the flesh.

    I think that’s pretty special.

  • Ross says:

    Can you sign the back of my Kindle? 🙂 or is that soulless?

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    I was in Detroit in January. Where were you, huh? Huh? HUH?

    Alex, Bob, Brett
    Looks like no Birmingham or Nottingham this time. We did go to both last time round, though. Got to spread the love a little.

    What, a devastated shell of its former self?

    Rock Stars probably get slightly bigger attendances at their events…

    Yes, it is soulless. Yes, I can sign it.

  • Jared says:


    I’m going to interpet that as a passive-aggressive challenge to my commitment as your fan. A DOZEN BOOKS IT IS.


  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Sorry, I meant to say TEN DOZEN.

  • Andrei says:

    Hello Joe,

    Are the dates likely to change? Planning to fly from Romania for the London event.


  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    That’s some commitment, I looking forward to seeing you. These dates should be final, but to make double sure you might want to check with the shop and get a ticket if they have them.

  • Alex says:

    It’s ok Joe, I have a signed copy of Red Country on pre-order 🙂 Would have liked to have got my hardback of Best Served Cold signed, but shouldn’t be greedy 🙂

  • Ross says:

    This all seems very one way, Joe is there anything of ours you would like signed?
    (don’t say a cheque no one uses those any more!)

  • Frank Fitzpatrick says:

    If I ask you to draw say… a penis, on my book, is that still not viable?

    Because I think it would be entirely appropriate to my character and relationship to your books.

  • Alex says:

    Any chance you’ll be coming to Germany some time? 🙂

  • Jacob says:

    I’d humbly ask, then regress towards begging, that you make an appearance at DragonCon sometime in the near future in Atlanta, Georgia here in the US, but…I wouldn’t subject you to such a fate as to jump on a plane for the sole sake of coming Georgia. (If you do come, name your poison mate. I’ll buy you a round or two, or three…fuck it. We’ll get shitfaced.)

    Nerds in the South are a bit on the “different” side, if ya catch my drift. -_o

  • Fozzi says:

    Hey Joe,
    I just called Waterstones picadilly & they are oblivious as to 18th October??
    Where can I get “ticketed up”??

  • pedro says:

    Lisbon please…make a trip when you can,its sunny,full of castles,and i got all your unsigned books waiting ^^
    best wishes,thanks for telling such great stories and creating such memorable characters

  • Giasone says:

    LOL @ Frank.
    I think you better wear disposable gloves before you handle Frank’s books, Joe.

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    I only just got the dates from my publicist so they’re probably not distributed to all the stores yet. Hopefully should be over the next week or so…

  • Michael says:

    If you would be so kind as to give us the email address of your publicist so that myself, Alex, Bob, and Brett can try to persuade by sheer force of numbers that a visit to Brum would be a jolly good idea…..

  • Luke says:

    At FP London with freaking bells on! Morris dancer style! Actually, thast doesn’t sound that good… well, I’ll be there!

  • Luc says:

    Joe, i know this is all about UK, but i must at least ask you, do you think you’ll ever come to Romania? It’s not Australia, USA and not even Hungary to be honest, but I’m sure you have at least 2 fans here: Andrei and me. He seems to be able to go to London, unfortunately I’m not, not this year at least, so it would be absolutely great to see you on Romanian land. We do have some interesting drinks, so i think you’ll like a trip here.

    Btw, I have already pre-ordered Red Country, obviously, couldn’t have missed it. Cheers!

  • Mitchell Lurie says:

    Haha, I was actually in Israel for most of January, from the 10th through the 30th. Is there any way of sending out my trilogy to get signed somehow? With nursing school and work I really don’t have the kind of time I’d like for traveling, and it doesn’t sound like you’re coming back to the states any time soon.. Taking the time I did to go to Israel was a rare thing for me indeed.

  • Sonny Regis says:

    Oh, you have no idea. The Wild West of England. I know you’d be lying if you said The Red Country wasn’t influenced by this morally crumbling city.

  • Yojimboo says:

    No Nottingham date … so I’ve booked the day off work and will travel up to Leeds. Although they hadn’t got the date or any tickets set up this morning when I rang them, left my contact details though.

  • Brian Turner says:

    Ideally, next time your publicist books you into Scotland, instead of Glasgow, try and request something nearer to Moray. That’s where the whiskey is …

  • Adrian says:

    See you in London……..maybe. I would need to kill some time after work and I usually tend to do that in the pub, as my wife will testify I become somewhat oblivious to punctuality when drunk. Besides I will just babble on about how much I love your books while reeking of Stella. Enjoy the signing, sorry I can’t make it

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Well, they can move the whisky to you…

  • All very exciting stuff! Any hints as to when Red Country will be released in Canada?

  • Ferg says:

    No Belfast/Lisburn tour? Damn!!

  • T.C. says:

    Andrew Gray – sod the jet ski. I think Joe should just lard up and swim across the Irish Sea to Belfast. I wonder if we offered to wait for him with a warm towel and a nice cuppa whether it would sway his decision?

    Nah… probably not.

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    I spend a lot of my time larded up. Swimming the Irish Sea would be a before-breakfast kind of thing for someone in my almost superhuman elite physical condition.

    But the books might get a bit ruined by the salt water…

    All seriousness I’d love to visit Ireland both Northern and Republic of but it’s always difficult to justify the distance on tour. One day…

  • Michael says:

    Glad to see you’ve switched around the signing/talk between Edinburgh and Glasgow this year – your coordinator likes to play fair. I work at the far end of the city, so wasn’t able to make it up for the Edinburgh afternoon signing last time, so really happy we get the evening talk this tour. See you in six weeks or so!

  • Poot. My closest venue is Leeds, but you’ve only gone and scheduled it for the RPG society weekly gaming night. Ah well, it would have been nice to be able to say hi and a big thanks in person, but this will have to do.




  • Waterstones Bristol says:

    Looking forward to having you in Bristol, Joe. Confirmation is going up on the Waterstones website today (we have already had loads of enquiries). Enjoy the rest of the tour, and we will see you on the 20th of October.

  • Jess at Waterstones Guildford says:

    We can’t wait to see you again in Guildford – thanks for the revisit! We’ve already had loads of interest (although maybe Allie wins the prize for most dedicated, booking a day off work, hats off to you!) so we’ll be aiming for a rock star-worth queue of fans. See you soon!

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Guildford was one of the highlights last time. Looking forward to it.

  • Connor says:

    Sweet! Only just saw this, but I’ll see you in Staines!

  • Alistair says:

    No Birmingham 🙁 🙁

    Brum has both Waterstones and FP – no excuse!

  • Nathaniel White says:

    I really hate living in a small town. I never get to meet my favourite authors and get my books signed.

  • fayeto says:

    Will you be coming to Bangkok at any point?
    Very excited about Red Country…

  • Matt B says:

    Hi Joe, cannie wait to see you in Manchester. I’m striving not to sound like a complete numb-nuts but what do you mean by proofs?? Cheers

  • AdamMcA says:

    No Northern Ireland dates?!!! 🙁

  • Dan says:

    Will you be doing a tour in the US? I’m freaking out. I can’t wait for Red Country. I’m not even a huge fantasy guy but I devoured everything else I could find: The First Law, BSC, The Heroes, The Fool Jobs. I need more! thanks for what you do. Keep up the amazing work.

  • Graham Mahon says:

    Staines but not Kingston upon Thames?

    Why Joe? Why?

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