Damian – Not my Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

image3Along with Janice Galloway, Alan is one of Scotland’s best memoirists. Here is a story of brutal abuse, of living in terror and spiralling depression suffered years after. Yet you’re left smiling at the end. And not because of some Panglossian refusal to see the dark in life or because of some Stepfordish Oprah wisdom absorbed during his time in America. This memoir is ultimately uplifting because it’s about Alan freeing himself from shame – something I grappled with writing my own story. If he can, we can. It deals fleetingly with fame and in doing so throws other ‘celeb’ memoirs into the shade. Destined to be a classic.

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