Sunday 20 October 2019

Morrissey to publish his debut novel 'A List of the Lost' next month

Morrissey has revealed he is being treated for cancer
Morrissey has revealed he is being treated for cancer
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Morrissey will publish his debut novel, A List of the Lost, via Penguin Books next month.

The exact date has yet to be revealed but it will be on shelves at the end of November, two years after the release of his hugely successful autobiography.

The autobiography, also published by Penguin, hit the book charts in the UK at number one, and Morrissey was inspired to continue writing due to its success.

During a Q&A on his website True to You last year he said, "In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel.

"I have my hopes. The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it's generally assumed - quite rightly - that the number one chart positions are "bought" by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don't think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular."

It's not clear exactly what the novel will be about but it sounds like it may tackle Morrissey's struggles with the music industry.

Morrissey left Capitol last summer, three weeks after the release of his last album, World Peace is None of Your Business.

It was his first album in five years and was slated as the first of two releases.

However, issues reportedly arose between the singer and his label regarding his official Twitter account.  The album opened at number 2 in the UK charts but slid to number 12 in its second week.

A statement on True to You at the time read, "Three weeks after the release of Morrissey's World Peace Is None Of Your Business (#2 UK, #14 US), Capitol Records/Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey, as directed by label boss Steve Barnett."

It added, "Morrissey is once again in search of a record label."

The 55-year-old singer also claimed that Harvest did not pay for a music video and that he had received no requests to publicise the record on TV.

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