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Not My Father's Son (MP3)
Written by:
Alan Cumming 
Read by:
Alan Cumming 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 28 minutes 
MP3 size:
268 MB 
April 01 2020 
Available Date:
April 01 2020 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Memoirs 
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 34.95
AUD$ 34.95

Alan Cumming’s compelling and moving memoir about his childhood and a thrilling family mystery.

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'sWho 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.

‘Powerful ... A thoroughly gripping read.’
Sunday Times

'Beautifully and cunningly structured, Not My Father's Son is one of the most memorable, heart-stopping autobiographies I have ever read.'
Stephen Fry

‘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

‘This is a beautiful book – sad, funny, haunting, surprising, suspenseful, gut-wrenching, endearing.’
Harlan Coben, author