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Not my father's son : a family memoir / Alan Cumming.

By: Cumming, Alan, 1965- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2015Edition: Large print ed.Description: 344 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781444826319 (hbk); 144482631X.Subject(s): Cumming, Alan, 1965- | Actors -- Family relationships -- Scotland -- Biography | Fathers -- Scotland -- BiographyGenre/Form: Large type books.DDC classification: 792.028092 Summary: Alan Cumming's father was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life - a man who meted out violence with frightening ease. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War. When Alan's mother was thirteen, 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, whom neither he nor his brother had spoken to for more than a decade, called. He had a secret to share - one that would shock his sons to the very core, and set in motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever.
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Alan Cumming's father was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life - a man who meted out violence with frightening ease. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War. When Alan's mother was thirteen, 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, whom neither he nor his brother had spoken to for more than a decade, called. He had a secret to share - one that would shock his sons to the very core, and set in motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever.

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Describing growing up the youngest of two in rural Scotland under an abusive father, multiaward-winning actor Cumming (The Good Wife; Cabaret) blends powerfully disturbing childhood trauma with his contemporary search for ancestral clarity as he recounts an enigmatic maternal grandfather named Tommy Darling, a well-respected Scottish servicemen whose disappearance, and demise, had always been a family mystery. Lifelong curiosity leads Cumming on an illuminating path from Scotland to Malaysia as a participant on the renowned television series Who Do You Think You Are? The episodic nature of the text provides the perfect framework for Cumming's discoveries about his grandfather, which include prestigious awards and stunning acts of valor. Drama continues to unfold when his father reveals an explosive secret that turns the entire family on its head. Cumming's dry wit transitions effortlessly to the page, eliciting laughter one moment and gut-wrenching discomfort the next-anecdotes praising the Eurovision Song Contest sit easily alongside dark recollections of being subjected to his father's inexplicable rages. VERDICT While the "then and now" structure, which features frequent chronological shifts, might seem choppy, the memoir sculpts an insightful, relentless examination of Cumming's hardships, alongside keen observations about the continuing effect of abuse on his life. A moving read that fans of the man and of memoirs won't want to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 4/21/14.]-Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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