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In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

A beloved star of stage, television, and film—“one of the most fun people in show business” (Time magazine)—Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father—a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood.

When television producers in the United Kingdom approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated World War II hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as a film, television, and theater star. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, Not My Father’s Son will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Equal parts memoir, whodunit, 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.”

    Neil Gaiman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anansi Boys

  • “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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Live Wire

  • “Cumming uses all his vocal experience and charm in this searing memoir. His unashamedly honest and emotionally raw remembrance of surviving his abusive father is a must-hear…Delivering stories that are both harrowing and at times hilarious, Cumming reaches through your earphones and doesn’t let go. Make sure you carry a pocket of tissues. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A moving read that fans of the man and of memoirs won’t want to put down.”

    Library Journal

  • “Cumming eschews the empty calories of celebrity fluff to share the deeply personal but ultimately life-affirming truth of his harrowing childhood and fascinating family history…Cumming’s eccentric style and assured voice shine brightly on every page, while escorting readers and fans on a memorable journey that is simultaneously insightful, brave, moving, and witty.”

    Booklist

  • “A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Editors' Pick
  • Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration
  • Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Narration by the Author
  • An October 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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