You may know him as an actor, but Alan Cumming is also a singer, a director, a producer and an author.
His New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father's Son is the gripping story of his complicated relationship with his father and the mystery of his grandfather's untimely death.
Suspenseful, brave, moving and honest, it's a book about finding good through bad and light beyond darkness. Alan is interviewed about Not My Father's Son by David Marr during the Sydney Writers' Festival 2015.
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I am a poetic writer who loves the way words paint a picture. I love the spoke word. My dream is to write, speak, and inspire others now.
I have loved Alan Cumming ubertalent and his boyish ways.But that he was abused really shocked me. l have seen his book but it didn't register. This is Alan Cumming, my funny man and sweet soul, and a past that can't be grasped.
I listened to this interview and felt so much pride for him and his family. I will definitely get the book now. l sense his story in mine. This, to me makes me surprised and relieved.
As always Alan Cumming is Great an ENTERTAINING😁as well as having the ability to take his audience through tough topics he can also cover sorrow without leaving the audience overwhelmed. This book was thoroughly thought provoking and enjoyable with laughter and joy!
Really enjoyed listening to how Alan overcame such a difficult childhood to become the man he is who brings so much joy through books, TV, movies, theatre and much much more.
Alan cumming has developed a great sense of humour because of his past and tells fab stories that makes you want to keep listening.
A social butterfly in the LGBT community of London. Always seeking culture and fitness. Listening to books is just so much easier!
Got to know the actor's history and his story.
Even though some parts of it are quite deep, Alan is a bubbly character as you gather from his other responses.
I did. It's easily listenable and is only an hour.
An eye - opening insight into Alan's younger life in Scotland. Very moving and emotional for the most part. Read it!
This interview was interesting to listen to. Hearing about Alan story. I
Liked this story.
"Entertaining & Free"
For a free listen, this interview is definitely worth the time, especially for anyone who is already a fan of Alan Cumming. I already loved him from his superlative performance as Mr. Elton in the 1996 American film version of Emma, as well in The Anniversary Party, that wildly experimental and endlessly fascinating movie he made with Jennifer Jason Leigh. Here I learned about Alan Cumming the man--his early life, struggles with his abusive father, love of Scotland, reasons for wanting to become a U.S. citizen, hopes for Scottish independence, career aspirations, personal anxieties, and much more. The only downside is the interviewer, who is annoyingly cloying and insinuating, inserting himself far too freely into the process and his subject's narrative. But considering that it's free, this is still a valuable listen. Many thanks to the reviewers I follow for recommending it!
Alan was open about his life and shared wonderful, intimate, details. I recommend this production to all.
"in love with Alan Cumming.. this is a great listen"
I loved this short story.. It let you see a side of him as a man just like any man. will be buying not my father
Heartwarming and challenging, from foreskin to self love. Alan makes one wish to have a Bloody Mary at the airport while sharing stories.
"Alan Cumming is a hoot!"
I'm always amazed by Cumming's insightfulness and authenticity, every time I hear him speak. What an incredible and inspiring person!
"fascinating and funny"
I knew nothing about this comedian, so was surprised at both the story and the hilarious delivery. it is amazing to see someone who has been able to use a very clever wit to heal from such egregious childhood abuse.
"I never knew I loved alan cumming"
This interview was so wonderful to listen to. To just hear alan's voice and that cute giggle he has when he is trying to tell a story in only the way he can. I wish I had been there and could take alan for coffee, tea, or a good stiff Scottish drink and spend the evening with him. I am going to listen to the book starting tomorrow. I can't wait to hear alan's story in his own voice.
"A rare and wonderful orchid"
Extraordinarily honest and radiant with humanity. Alan, you're a good egg. I can't wait to hear more from you. My smile is wide today. Thanks lovely man!
"Very informative and entertaining"
Alan Cummings is a thoroughly entertaining man regardless of the topic of his conversation. In this case, he is being interviewed and his responses are candid and not predetermined. He is a very sharp and quick-witted man of considerable intelligence. I found this thoroughly enjoyable!
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