What a book! Try again. These lucky people obviously haven't experienced being repeatedly abused as children in the one place they should have felt safe - no understanding, compassion or empathy. Those of us who come from comparably dysfunctional backgrounds will, like me, both suffer with and gain strength from this book. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2019. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 August 2017. So grateful to have had the opportunity to read this. Dark, painful memories can be put away to be forgotten. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2016. Perhaps I should write a book myself! In my family there are still some who believe our family secrets should remain just that and I haven't been believed by some about some of my memories. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2019. I had a real sense that Mr Cumming was a friend sitting next to me, astonished at each new revaluation as it spilled from his lips. I very much enjoyed this book.
Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2020, Alan’s story made me weep, made me angry & made me realise how lucky l have been to have good parents. A well written autobiography and more interesting than most for its chatty and quirky style. We are the same generation and I had a Scottish childhood very similar to his with respect to our family dynamics and for this reason I bought the book. Loved this autobiography.
I like Alan Cumming anyway and this well written book added a new dimension to his talent. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir at Amazon.com. If I describe this book you probably wouldn't buy it.
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Really enjoyed this book, sadness, regret, happiness - emotions fall from the pages and I felt a connection to Alan through his words. In reading this book I have discovered that Alan Cummings is not just an brilliant actor but also an excellent writer. I then re-watched his Who do you think you are’ programme & realised l was seeing that traumatised little boy & wept. BUY THIS BOOK: Amazon . This is by far the best autobiography I have read. Thank you for this open, honest account of your childhood Alan. I came across a very young Alan Cumming in a quirky TV series The High Life in which for us he was the star of the show. I saw Alan Cumming being interviewed about the book on tv and vaguely remembered him from an anarchic Scottish comedy tv show called "Sky High" years ago (I still have the recordings). If you make it past the first quarter of the book without having to find and watch the Alan Cumming episode of Who Do You Think You Are then you are not fully human. "Quite famous guy goes on tv show to find his family tree and writes book about it." I was fascinated by Alan's open, honest, moving account of the enduring abuse he suffered at the hands of his diabolical but obviously damaged father. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2017. An insight into his life that left me happy that he came out the other side with a smile on his face and made me wish him a happy, peaceful and fulfilled future. Perhaps the very best thing about this gem of a book is the hope and humour that it conveys - that's only achieved through a great deal of theraputic hard work, and while that's not overtly stated, the writing itself is a roadmap of how this is done - no denial - awareness, acceptance and action writ large. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads.