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A dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream and the price required to make it come true. From international bestseller Fredrik Backman.

A town this small can't afford to take sides. But when the worst happens, whose side would you take?
Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger.

This is the story of how we got there.

Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Change is in the air and a bright new future is just around the corner.

Until the day 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. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.

With the town's future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other.

Which side would you be on?

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781405930208

    May 28, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    496 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780718186586

    May 29, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    400 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Beartown
    Fredrik Backman

    EBook

    9781405937733

    May 28, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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  • EBook

    9781405930215

    August 24, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

Chapter 1

Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger.

This is the story of how we got there.

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