Alan Cumming to release second memoir

Actor Alan Cumming is writing a book about his life, titled Baggage, Tales From a Fully Packed Life.

The book is his second memoir, and chronicles his life in Hollywood and the ways in which work has repeatedly whisked him away from personal calamities to sets and stages around the world.

According to the synopsis, the book “takes us through the highs and lows of his career, his struggle with mental health, each failed relationship or encounter with a legend (Liza! X Men! Gore Vidal! Kubrick! Spice Girls!), every bad decision or moment of sensual joy, Cumming shows how every experience—good or bad—has shaped who he is today: a happy, flawed, vulnerable, fearless middle-aged man, with a lot of baggage. Startlingly honest, both poignant and joyous, Baggage shines a light on how to embrace the complicated messiness of life.”

Speaking about his new book, Cumming said: “This is a memoir I originally wanted to call Scenes between Two Marriages, because it follows me from the demise of my first marriage (to a woman) to the beginning of my second (to a man). However, I was advised that bisexual Bergman jokes aren’t trending these days.

“My inspiration to write it was also partly in response to the reaction to my first book, Not My Father’s Son, and the idea that I had somehow triumphed over my childhood abuse, or was ‘cured’. No one ever fully recovers from their past. There is no cure for it. You just learn to manage and prioritise it. I believe the second you feel you have triumphed or overcome something, you have merely decided to stop being vigilant and embraced denial as your modus operandi,” he added.

“So in Baggage I want to encourage readers not to buy into the Hollywood ending, while at the same time telling them about my experiences in Hollywood. I want to show my flaws, my joy, my mistakes, all of my baggage.”

The book will be published in October 2021.

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