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Tremendously moving and eloquently written, Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son is a brutally honest memoir of the extraordinary life he has led. In this autobiography audiobook edition of his novel, Cumming narrates through the journey that has been his life - from a young boy with an abusive father to the icon he is today. Heartfelt, inspirational and awakening, Cumming’s story is one that stays with the listener long after the final word is spoken. This book is not just for fans of this incredible man but for anyone who is touched by the emancipation of a child from the grasps of a violent beginning. Available now from Audible.

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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 13, 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's Who 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.

©2014 Alan Cumming (P)2014 Canongate Books Ltd

Kritikerstimmen

"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, author of New York Times bestsellers Missing You and Six Years)
"In beautiful, honest, arresting prose, he offers a tale you'll never forget. A real diamond of a book." (Andrew O'Hagan)
"A clear-eyed, often moving account of both his terrifying childhood and his recent attempts to come to terms with his past [. . .] Not My Father's Son moves elegantly and with an occasional dash of humour between Cumming's childhood and the revelations of the more recent past [. . .] memorable." ( Chicago Tribune)
"One of the most fun people in show business" ( Time)
"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." ( Book List)
"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, author of New York Times best sellers Missing You and Six Years)

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Unglaublich und bewegend

Ich hatte nicht erwartet, wie sehr mich Alan Cummings Geschichte in den Bann ziehen würde. Er ist ein ausgezeichneter Sprecher mit viel Humor und noch mehr Gefühl in der Stimme. Seine Geschichte ist aufgebaut wie ein Krimi, es bleibt bis zum Schluss spannend und ich musste mich mehrmals daran erinnern, dass dieser Mann das alles erlebt hat. Eine wunderschöne und inspirierende Geschichte die mir zeigt, wie stark Alan Cumming ist, um dennoch der positive Mensch zu sein der er ist.

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Wonderful

First of all I absolutely love that Alan Cumming read this himself. His passion, fear and love throughout the book is made all the more palpable.
The story itself is gripping. It will take you on a roller coaster of emotions and you'll find yourself hoping and praying that this will happen ...or this. I've always liked Alan Cumming and the book has developed that and also made me respect him. It cannot be easy to have told this story. I'm so glad that he is happy now and loved.

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A book that’s more important to write that to read

It is really a story that’s important to him and his family alone. He doubtless needed to write it, but the cathartic effect doesn’t quite work for the reader or listener. I must admit I’m probably the last person on the planet who had never heard of Alan Cumming beforehand and not seen any play or film with him. The book was recommended to me because I am always looking for good stories read by great voices and there are few and far between and a friend thought I might find both in this book. I wasn’t disappointed in the voice, he certainly reads very well. But the story really doesn’t need six-and-a-half hours to tell, it drags on a bit. I found myself wanting to fast forward more than once. His father was a monster, alright, but as it is with monsters … you don’t really get closure with why they are monsters and doing monstrous things. It must be very frustrating for the author, he has my sympathies, but is even more so for us.

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Speziell!

Ein tolles Hoerbuch, wie schon von anderen beschrieben. Ich freue mich sehr, dass ein englisches Hoerbuch so viel Aufmerksamkeit bekommt.