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Alan Cumming - Author

About the Author

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway, and appears on the Emmy Award-winning television show The Good Wife. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret, a role he has reprised in 2014. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now and Eyes Wide Shut. He is also the author of a novel, Tommy's Tale.

Featured books by Alan Cumming

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

I learned something about myself that night. When I get really shocking news, my entire body tries to get the hell away as quickly as possible. The repercussions of this bombshell would reverberate in my life for a long time to come. A beloved star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming's life and career have been shaped by a complex and dark family past - full of troubled memories, kept buried away. But then an unexpected phone call from his long-estranged father brought the pain of the past hurtling back into the present, and unravelled everything he thought he knew about himself. Not My Father's Son is the story of his journey of discovery, both a memoir of his childhood in Scotland, and an investigation into his family history which would change him forever.

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2014

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War. The last time Alan's mother saw her father she was eight years old. When she was thirteen, the family was informed that he had died in an accidental shooting. Curious to explore this second mystery, Alan committed to filming an episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Then out of the blue, his father, who Alan and his brother had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade, called. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set in motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story about embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

Other books by Alan Cumming

The Adventures Of Honey & Leon

The Adventures Of Honey & Leon

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2017

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

Author: Alan Cumming Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2016

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends. If you were to put David Sedaris and Glenn OBrien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, you would wind up with Alan Cumming. Described by Time magazine as "e;one of the most fun people in show business,"e; Cumming is a genuine triple-threat as a successful stage, television, and film star whose real-life vivacity, sophisticated wit, and charm tend to match that of his onstage personalities. In his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he has composed a collection of true-life adventuresor rather, misadventuresthat is sure to make the reader laugh out loud. This volume recounts the hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters that only Cumming could experience, from awkwardly entertaining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fishers birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friends day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memorable photographsmany simply snapshots taken by Cummingthat document or illustrate the tale told.

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams My Life in Stories and Pictures

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams My Life in Stories and Pictures

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2016

If you were to put David Sedaris and Glenn O'Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, you would wind up with Alan Cumming. Described by Time magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, Cumming is a genuine triple-threat as a successful stage, television, and film star whose real-life vivacity, sophisticated wit, and charm tend to match that of his onstage personalities. In his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he has composed a collection of true-life adventures-or rather, misadventures-that is sure to make the reader laugh out loud. This volume recounts the hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters that only Cumming could experience, from awkwardly enter- taining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fisher's birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friend's day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memo- rable photographs-many simply snapshots taken by Cumming-that document or illustrate the tale told.

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

I learned something about myself that night. When I get really shocking news, my entire body tries to get the hell away as quickly as possible. The repercussions of this bombshell would reverberate in my life for a long time to come. A beloved star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming's life and career have been shaped by a complex and dark family past - full of troubled memories, kept buried away. But then an unexpected phone call from his long-estranged father brought the pain of the past hurtling back into the present, and unravelled everything he thought he knew about himself. Not My Father's Son is the story of his journey of discovery, both a memoir of his childhood in Scotland, and an investigation into his family history which would change him forever.

Not My Father's Son

Not My Father's Son

Author: Alan Cumming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 13/11/2014

Alan Cumming's father Alex was a man who held his family hostage, who meted out violence with a frightening ease. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War. Curious to explore this mystery, Alan committed to filming an episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Then out of the blue, his father called. He had a secret he had to share.

Kate Gallagher and the Hornshurst Talisman

Kate Gallagher and the Hornshurst Talisman

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2014

Kate Gallagher and the Hornshurst Talisman

Kate Gallagher and the Hornshurst Talisman

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2014

Kate Gallagher and the Zimmermanite Quest

Kate Gallagher and the Zimmermanite Quest

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Kate Gallagher and the Zimmermanite Quest

Kate Gallagher and the Zimmermanite Quest

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Kate Gallagher and the Bexus Prophecy

Kate Gallagher and the Bexus Prophecy

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2014

Kate Gallagher and the Bexus Prophecy

Kate Gallagher and the Bexus Prophecy

Author: Alan Cumming Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2014

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: Alan Cumming Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2012

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming in his riveting solo interpretation of Shakespeares tragedy.Star of stage, film and television Alan Cumming delivers a virtuoso performance playing every role in the National Theatre of Scotlands bold presentation of Shakespeares chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural. This radical reimagining of one of Shakespeares most deeply psychological plays is set in a psychiatric unit in which Cumming is the lone patient. Channeling the story of Macbeth, he is inhabited in turn by each of the characters of the drama, including some of Shakespeares most complex and troubled creations. Cummings one-man interpretation of Shakespeares Scottish play comes to audio directly from acclaimed limited stage engagements with the National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow and at New Yorks Lincoln Center. Directed for audio by the stage productions renowned directors, this exclusive studio recording of Cummings dazzling solo performance captures the excitement, passion and poetry of a wildly original tour-de-force that is destined to become theatrical legend.

Tommy's Tale

Tommy's Tale

Author: Alan Cumming Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2012

Tommy is twenty-nine, lives and loves in London, and has a morbid fear of the c word (commitment), the b word (boyfriend), and the f word (forgetting to call his drug dealer before the weekend). But when he begins to feel the urge to become a father, and the pressure from his boyfriend to make a real commitment to their relationship, Tommy starts to wonder if his chosen lifestyle can ever make him happy.Faced with the choice of maintaining his hedonistic, drugged-out, and admittedly fabulous existence or chucking it all in favor of a far more sensitive, fulfilling, andlet's face itslightly more staid lifestyle, Tommy finds himself in a true quandary. Through a series of adventures and misadventures that lead him from London nightspots to New York bedrooms and back, our boy Tommy manages to answer some of life's most pressing questionseven those he never thought to ask.

Zorgamazoo

Zorgamazoo

Author: Alan Cumming Format: eBook Release Date: 02/09/2010

Are You a Believer in Fanciful Things? In Pirates and Dragons and Creatures and Kings?Then sit yourself down in a comfortable seat, with maybe some cocoa and something to eat, and I'll spin you the tale of Katrina Katrell, a girl full of courage (and daring, as well!), who down in the subway, under the ground, saw something fantastical roaming around . . .What was it she saw? I'd rather not say. (Who's ever heard of a Zorgle, anyway?)But if you are curious, clever and brave, if intrepid adventure is something you crave, then open this book and I'll leave it to you to uncover the secret of ZORGAMAZOO!Join Morty the Zorgle and Katrina on a fantastically illustrated, you'll-wanna-read-every-word-aloud, sophisticated rhyming adventure for kids of all ages!

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