Alan Cumming Will Reveal Family Secrets in New Memoir "Not My Father's Son"

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06 Aug 2014

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
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"Not My Father's Son: A Memoir," the new book by Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, who currently stars in Broadway's Cabaret, will hit shelves Oct. 7.

In the new book, Cumming shares the story of his complicated relationship with his father and the family secrets that shaped his life and career.

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Here's how "Not My Father's Son" is described: "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 television producers in the UK approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father. 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 a film, television, and theater star. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, 'Not My Father's Son' will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts."

Cumming, who stars as the Emcee in Cabaret — the role for which he was awarded a Tony Award in 1998 — has also been seen on Broadway in his one-man Macbeth, Threepenny Opera and Design for Living.