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Not My Father's Son

(2014)
A Family Memoir
A non fiction book by

 
Audie Award, Autobiography/Memoir, 2015

Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. 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 Alex Cumming, Alan's father.

When television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he enthusiastically agreed. He hoped to solve a mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared into the Far East after WWII. Alan's mother knew very little about him - he had been a courier, carrying information between battalions on his motorbike. The last time she saw her father, Alan's mother was eight years old. When she was 13, the family was informed that he had died by his own hand, an accidental shooting.

But this was not the only mystery laid before Alan's feet. His father, whom Alan had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade, reconnected just before filming for Who Do You Think You Are? began. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set into motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever.

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 the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son Signed Copy
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-06-237980-1 / 978-0-06-237980-1 (USA edition)
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October 2014 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 1-78211-544-7 / 978-1-78211-544-1 (UK edition)
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October 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 1-78211-546-3 / 978-1-78211-546-5 (UK edition)
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May 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 0-06-222507-3 / 978-0-06-222507-8 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

November 2014 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 1-4712-7908-1 / 978-1-4712-7908-9 (UK edition)
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October 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir
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October 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Author(s): Alan Cumming
ISBN: 1-4830-2874-7 / 978-1-4830-2874-3 (USA edition)
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
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ISBN: 1-4830-2875-5 / 978-1-4830-2875-0 (USA edition)
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