Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir

By Alan Cumming

'One of the main memorable, heart-stopping autobiographies i've got ever read' STEPHEN FRY

A manhattan instances BESTSELLER

Alan Cumming grew up within the grip of a guy who held his family members hostage, anyone who meted out violence with a daunting ease, who waged a silent struggle with himself that typically spilled over onto each person round him. That guy was once Alan's father, Alex Cumming.

Alex used to be the darkish, enigmatic middle of Cumming family members lifestyles. yet he used to be now not the single secret. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the some distance East after the second one international warfare. The final time Alan's mom observed her father she was once 8 years previous. while she used to be 13, the kin used to be expert that he had died in an unintended shooting.

Curious to discover this moment secret, Alan devoted to filming an episode of the BBC's Who Do you're thinking that you're? Then instantly, his father, who Alan and his brother had now not visible or spoken to for greater than a decade, known as. He had a mystery he needed to percentage, one who may surprise his son to his very middle and set in movement a trip that may swap Alan's existence forever.

At instances suspenseful, every now and then deeply relocating, yet consistently courageous and sincere, now not My Father's Son is a robust tale approximately embracing the simplest features of the previous and triumphantly pushing the darkness apart.

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Has anything occurred among you and Sonja? ” “No, no. ” i may listen Tom, even in the middle of no matter what painful factor he used to be facing, attempting to reassure me. It was once what he regularly had performed for me. “Is anything improper with Mum? ” yet I’d spoken to Mary Darling numerous instances that week and had listened to a message from her simply that day. there has been no manner she can have hidden whatever undesirable from me. by surprise, I remembered what Mary Darling had stated concerning the reporter. “Is it anything to do with that Sunday Mail man searching for Dad? ” “It’s all come to a head, Alan,” used to be Tom’s reaction. “I have to seek advice from you this night. ” It took Tom 3 hours to get to me. He lives in Southampton and needed to capture a educate, and what with trip to and from the stations, I needed to undergo 3 complete hours of my brain racing and my center thumping. Sue and Dom attempted to distract me, yet i may by no means wander faraway from the fear. What could be making my brother so disillusioned that he couldn’t even utter it to me at the mobile? i used to be a multitude. My brain went to very darkish locations. the click being concerned was once a very nerve-racking point. If I had had the power at that second to be rational, i might have realised that there has been not anything relatively scandalous approximately my lifestyles that had no longer been published or touched on prior to now, and that i may need taken solace from this additional boon of getting turn into an open ebook. yet i used to be discovering it not easy to work out solace anyplace. i began to get wheezy. i've got bronchial asthma and one of many occasions it comes on is in the course of moments of significant rigidity. Sue is fortunately a self-confessed hypochondriac and knowledgeable on all homeopathic treatments, so prior to too lengthy I had a mouthful of drugs to distract me. yet nonetheless the nagging anxiousness endured, and nonetheless Tom hadn’t arrived. He stored texting: I’m at the educate . . . I’m approximately at Waterloo . . . I’m moving into a taxi. I saved replaying our cell dialog. Had my father died? was once it whatever to do with my husband, supply? He used to be heading domestic to NYC now, may perhaps whatever have occurred to him? yet nonetheless on the root of all of it was once the reporter from the Sunday Mail and the truth that, as Tom had stated, it had all come to a head. yet what did that suggest? by the point he arrived I felt I had elderly ten years. He entered the flat taking a look remarkably general. No tears, no seen indicators of torment. If whatever he regarded a bit sheepish, as though he have been embarrassed via the entire fuss he should have identified he’d as a result of wasting it at the mobile. For a second my middle leapt and that i suggestion that perhaps this revelation, no matter what it'd be, was once not likely to be as portentous and harmful as I’d feared. there have been a couple of awkward moments of small speak after which he checked out me. “Shall we move upstairs? ” THEN whilst i used to be little, i used to be bullied through an older boy named David, at the institution bus. David’s dad used to be the pinnacle joiner at the property the place ours was once the top forester. Tom, six years older than me and a yr older than David, had graduated to secondary university via then, and we went our separate methods every one morning.

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