by Alan Cumming - £18.99 Canongate Books (2021)
hardback ISBN 13: 9781838856632 | ISBN 10: 1838856633
A joyous and poignant book about the world of professional acting, the messiness of life and how every experience – good or bad – shapes who you are, from the New York Times bestselling author of Not My Father’s Son.
‘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, anything – an abuse, an injury to the body or the mind, an addiction, a character flaw, a habit, a person – you have merely decided to stop being vigilant and embraced denial as your modus operandi. And that is what this book is about, and for: to remind you not to buy in to the Hollywood ending.’
Baggage chronicles the actor’s life in Hollywood and the ways in which work has repeatedly whisked him away from personal calamities to sets and stages around the world. Taking 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.
(Price & availability last checked: November 2021)
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