What You Need From The Night

Laurent Petitmangin


Tense, sharp and ultimately heartbreaking, Laurent Petitmangin’s first novel, What You Need From The Night, asks what acts can truly be forgiven.


Fiction > Fiction in translation

ISBN: 9781529063523



After the death of his wife, a father in a forgotten corner of France raises his two sons alone.

But their town is not one of opportunity, and the boys are heading down different paths.

Gillou sets his sights on university in Paris while Fus falls in with the local far-right group, searching for meaning and belonging with dangerous friends.

How can a father and son find common ground when everything seems set to break them apart?

A sudden act of violence will force them to find an answer.

A tragedy of unconditional love’ – L’Obs

Heartbreaking…haunts you long after you’ve put it down’ – Liberation

As sublime as it is painful’ – Le Parisien

One of the most exquisite debuts I’ve read’ – Daily Telegraph

Affecting and haunting’ – Observer


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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm