“It’s actually quite a good ethos for life: go into the unknown with truth, commitment and openness, and mostly you’ll be okay”
Alan Cumming’s compelling and moving memoir about his childhood and a thrilling family mystery.
WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE2015
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‘One of the most memorable, heart-stopping autobiographies I have ever read’ STEPHEN FRY
WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2015
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
ATTITUDE MAGAZINE’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
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.
‘Equal parts memoir, whodunnit and manual for living … beautifully written, honest … I was completely sucked in’ NEIL GAIMAN
“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”
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“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”
“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”
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“In beautiful, honest, arresting prose, he offers a tale you’ll never forget. A real diamond of a book.”
Damian Barr, Books Of The Year
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. Not My Father’s Son was a New York Times bestseller, won the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2015 and has been named Attitude magazine’s Book of the Year.
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