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Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming
  

Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir

Biography / Autobiography   

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Alan Cumming’s discovery of his grandfather’s death was recorded on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are, after the programme aired, his father, out of contact for a decade got in touch with Alan saying he had more secrets to reveal, something which had a profound effect on Alan and his family. An unusual family memoir, a frank, honest and heartfelt account of coming to terms with past trauma. ~ Sue Baker

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Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming

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.

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'Equal parts memoir, whodunnit and manual for living, Not My Father's Son is a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us what we are, and how we make ourselves. I was completely sucked in' -- NEIL GAIMAN

'What a shattering, compelling and extraordinary story Alan Cumming has to tell. And he does so with such style and grace ... Beautifully and cunningly structured, Not My Father's Son is one of the most memorable, heart-stopping autobiographies I have ever read' -- STEPHEN FRY

'Do you know the old line I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me ? Alan Cumming's moving memoir Not My Father's Son is all that and more. This is a beautiful book-sad, funny, haunting, surprising, suspenseful, gut-wrenching, endearing. It will linger inside of you long after you turn the final page' -- HARLAN COBEN

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2015

Author

Alan Cumming

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Author's Website

www.alancumming.com/
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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Memoirs
Theatre: individual actors & directors
Individual actors & performers

ISBN

9781782115465

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