Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir
A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. But 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 BBC television producers approached him to appear on the popular celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who remained in Singapore after the war and died a few years later in a mysterious accident. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he could have imagined about his past, and his own father. With humour, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland, his subsequent attempts to uncover the truth about his grandfather's death in Malaya and the perverse legacy of his father. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, Not My Father's Son will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts.
by : Alan Cumming