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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alan Cumming

Narrated By: Alan Cumming

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: October 2014

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes


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 thirteen, 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.


  • Katie Humphrey

    Absorbing, moving and insightful. Engagingly narrated by the author transporting you with him through his journey

  • Jennifer Reeves

    Fascinating! Alan Cumming is a masterful story teller and totally engaging narrator.

  • Sandra Mauws

    This was an emotional read for me, having been abused myself, I totally related to his emotional pain. Alan did an excellent job & have so much respect for him for having risen above it & become the outstanding Talent he is. Good Job Alan

  • rachel doherty

    An honest and heartfelt account of one man's journey to face his family's past. I especially enjoyed the narration. Alan is very easy to listen to.

  • Joshua Lubeck

    This book I would rate as a 4/5. His story seemed to jump back and fourth from past to present, I know this is a style but some times many be because I have seen the actor in many shows, I found it a distraction. Truth is stranger then fiction and this book has a broad spectrum of an audience even if you have never seen any of his shows.

  • Georgiana Carlson

    An amazing story told by an awesome man! You touched my soul.

  • Crystal Cox

    What an AMAZING book. Being read by Allan makes it all the better!!!

  • Jennifer Eytcheson

    Alan has a wonderful and simplistic way of inviting us into his struggle and process of overcoming. We can ride the roller coaster with suspense and empathy and heal right along with him. Great story!

  • Mary Wilcox

    Beautiful book with great narration. I enjoyed it very much.

  • kylin fleischmann

    This book was so incredibly wonderful that there is no way for me to put it in words. I knew of Alan Cummings but wouldn't go so far as to say I was a big fan. The book looked interesting so I went ahead and purchased it hoping to be entertained. I was more than entertained. So moving and painful and gut wrenching and funny. And its his life. He overcame.....he did more than that.....he triumphed. His narration was spot on. I wish he would write more so I could listen! And, I will now be looking him up on IMDB to watch what he's done. LOVE!

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

by Alan Cumming

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