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The Battlefield (Le champ de bataille)



Original Language: French | 220 pp. | March 2018

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. French

Rights sold: the Netherlands (De Bezige Bij, in a pre-empt), Italy (Stile Libero/Einaudi, in a pre-empt)


Rhythm, depth, and impact. I held my breath…But not my tears! —​ ​ Joëlle Scoriels, RTBF

A book that’s funny sometimes, but also very touching. It rings true from start to finish. We loved it! — Ciné Télé Revue

The novel throws itself from one side to the other by a razor’s edge humor. A lot of different emotions, plenty of food for thought. — L’Echo

We must note the honesty of these 200 pages, their self-deprecation, their inventiveness, a bittersweet and very human combination of warmth and disquiet. A book that is authentic, witty, subtle, and maybe even useful! — Moustique

A tender book, a book of love…A very well-written novel. — BX1

I particularly appreciated this novel! — Daphné Bertrand, Canal+

A good deal of sensitivity. Sharp writing. — MiNT Bélgique

This is a fascinating and exciting novel. — Patrick Simonin, TV5 Monde

The revelation is truly a gem! I was gobsmacked! — Michel Dufranne, RTBF

A second sensitive and funny book. — Femmes d’aujourd’hui

With much humor, tenderness, and lucidity, Jérôme Colin brilliantly converts a try with his first novel. — Librairie Point Virgule

The writing is as alive as it is tender. — Cédric Godard

Jérôme Colin touched my heart. A novel that probes daily life with a sense of very sharp observation and devastating humor. — Ma Collection de Livres

You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, you’ll be moved by a grand big bang with this family. At some point, The Battlefield really touched me! — B comme Bouquiner

Lead with an alert, raw, and incisive style, this second novel, blends humor and tenderness in a subtle and successful cocktail…a recommended read. — Lire est un plaisir

Teen angst… as seen by the parents

The problem with having kids is that they grow up. With no warning, one day they start slamming doors, getting bad grades and talking in monosyllables. Above all, they stop seeing you as perfect. And that can be hard to take.

Science tells us that it is not their fault. It’s their developing brain that makes them lazy, impulsive and incapable of picking up their own socks. But still. Humanity has created nothing worse than the teens of the digital age.

This is the story of a couple pushed to breaking point by the repeat offensives launched by their fifteen-year-old son. They have done nothing wrong. But war has broken out. And they are not ready. The school gives up and the father spins out of control, while the mother is trying desperately to calm everyone down.

A novel about family when emotions are running high, like on a battlefield.


Jérôme Colin was born in 1974. He is a journalist at the RTBF in Belgium, where he presents two television talk shows (Entrez sans frapper and Hep taxi!). His first novel, Avoiding Tolls (Éviter les péages), was published by Allary Editions in 2015.