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  • Not My Father's Son

    This was a very interesting and engaging read. Allan weaves together the story of his troubled childhood experiences with his abusive father and the mystery of his maternal grandfather’s service in WWII and after. In 2010 Alan was approached to appear on Who Do You Think You Are. Producers of the show were helping to find out more about Alan’s maternal grandfather Tommy Darling, whom his mother had not seen since the age of eight and who found out that he had died in a shooting accident in Malaysia when she was thirteen. Just as filming is about to begin his father drops a bombshell that changes his whole concept of who he is.

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  • Worth your time

    This book was suprising. It made me laugh a couple of times and cry many more. It explores the idea of family identity in a way that makes the reader want to explore their own histories so they can understand the inescapable effect on their own lives . As a fellow author I also appreciated Alan's quirky phrasing that pulls the reader fully into the experience .

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  • Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

    "Not My Father's. Son" is Alan Cumming's lyrically written and heartfelt memoir of his life and his journey to understanding his difficult childhood with compassion, intelligence, love and honesty. Woven into his story is his path to unravelling the mysterious disappearance of the grandfather he never knew. Thank you Alan for having the courage to share your life and your journey to self knowledge with the world.

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  • Excellent book

    Brought back sad memories of my own similar childhood....made me laugh and cry!

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  • Not my Father's Son

    Heart wrenching story,very well written,and honest..laughed some,cried some,got very angry at the father's cruelty,and so sad for the children of such abuse

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