Nominated by:

Regional Library of Karviná, Czech Republic

Norfolk Library & Information Service, UK

Publisher of nominated edition:

Michael Joseph, UK

Atria Books, USA

Beartown (The Scandal)

Fredrik Backman    

Translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith

In a large Swedish forest Beartown hides a dark secret . . .

Cut-off from everywhere else it experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart.

And each year more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest.

Then the town is offered a bright new future.

But it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act.

It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done.

Who will speak up?

Could you stand by and stay silent?

Or would you risk everything for justice?

Which side would you be on?

About the author

Fredrik Backman is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (in development as a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises, Britt-Marie Was Here, and Beartown, which is being adapted for TV by the team behind The Bridge. His books are published in more than forty countries and have sold over ten million copies. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments:

A simply stunning book. This is not just a story about hockey. It’s much, much more than that. This is Beartown, a town that’s down on its luck. Business is slow; times are hard and pretty much the only thing that unites the town is their love of ice hockey. But one night the star of the junior team commits a crime that impacts on everyone and the townsfolk have to decide where their loyalties lie. We meet the coaches and their wives and families, the players and their families and the bar owner and her clients. The writing is just amazing – sharp, sparse and beautiful. There were moments as a reader when I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. You feel the humanity and struggles of every character (yes each and every one because they are all an integral part of the story). The ending offers hope for the future that the town will move on and that in 10 years time people will recover and be stronger. Unmissable.

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