#TheCouchBookClub – Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

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Not My Father’s Son, A Memoir by Alan Cumming

This memoir blew me away. I know Alan Cumming mainly as an actor in Spy Kids and The Good Wife, but I had no idea about who he is – or that he had such a miserable childhood. After finishing this I wanted to give him a hug.

 

Through the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? he learns about his maternal grandfather – who died under mysterious circumstances in his 30s – at the same time that his physically and emotionally abusive father reveals he might not be his biological dad.

 

I’m generally suspicious of celebrity biographies but I now have so much more respect for him as a man and an artist. His story is inspiring and he does a fantastic job of making this book read like a novel. Highly recommended.

 

Clare

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