Blog Tour – Kosmos by Adrian Laing

Welcome to day 1 of the blog tour for Kosmos by Adrian Laing! Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Through Your Letterbox, the publishers Flame Tree Press, and of course, the author Adrian Laing for inviting me to be part of this tour.

I have a review of this one below but have a look at the details and the blurb first. I think you’ll agree that it sounds MAD.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; US paperback edition edition (30 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1787580512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1787580510


Kosmos coverRookie barrister George Winsome, young and arrogant, defends an old boy who thinks he’s Merlin on a manslaughter charge. The riotous trial turns Merlin into a celebrity; money, greed and ambition take hold of George and his partner Heather until the secret of Merlin’s past is revealed as the spirit of Saint Yves intervenes to ensure George and Heather follow their true paths.

‘Kosmos’ is a modern-day jury trial, a feel-good love story and a spiritual journey involving Saint Yves, Nemesis and Merlin.

Reading the blurb for this book I remember responding to Anne with something along the lines of  “That sounds MAD, I’m in”. While the book was not entirely as crazy as I was expecting, I came away from it thoroughly satisfied.

The first half of this book is almost entirely a courtroom drama, with George defending Merlin against the crown, represented by a much more senior and well versed lawyer.

The two lock horns on numerous occasions throughout the court battle, which I found wonderfully engaging. Despite reading a large number of crime novels, I have not read too many which look at the courtroom setting, and I found this part of the book very interesting and engaging. I may need to pick up a couple of court room dramas…

The second part of the novel changes setting and focusses more on the lives of George, his girlfriend and Merlin. For me, this is where the book really came to life, and I flew through the closing stages.

I had gone into this book expecting a wild and humorous ride, and while it is still that, it is so much more. What we have here is a heartwarming tale of redemption, with an absolutely fantastic array of characters, that I already miss, and a brilliantly plotted story,  I have to admit. I loved it.

About the author (From Flame Tree Press)

925.1Adrian Laing was born in Harlow, Essex in 1958 and was educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow and Exeter University where he studied law, graduating in 1978. Adrian was called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1979, aged 21. Following a sabbatical in Paris studying with Michel Foucault at the College de France, Adrian undertook a pupillage in chambers and was made a Tenant (2 Pump Court, Inner Temple) practicing at the criminal bar defending and prosecuting in jury trials for seven years.
Leaving the criminal bar in 1987 to pursue more commercial interests, Adrian worked as the Assistant Head of Licensing at the ITC during the Channel 3 franchise process and then as a full-time consultant to the Chief Executive of Thames Television (Richard Dunn), following which Adrian was appointed the Senior Broadcasting Lawyer for the Leeds-based firm of solicitors, Hammond Suddards working in the city of London.
In 1994 Adrian was selected to become the first in-house lawyer at the Murdoch-owned publishing house, HarperCollins, where he held the position of Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary till 2001 working with some of the leading authors and agents of the day.
Adrian qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and set up his own legal practice (Laing & Co) for over 10 years acting for a wide range of prestigious business clients and authors. Adrian presented or chaired a leading seminar for The London Book Fair 2003 to 2012.
Adrian Laing is the co-author with his wife (Deborah Fosbrook) of three leading law titles published by Bloomsbury Professional, the author of R.D. Laing: A Life a widely acclaimed biography of his late father, the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, and a novel, Rehab Blues.

About the publisher

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

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