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Morrissey performs live  during the Glastonbury Festival,  2011

Morrissey performs live during the Glastonbury Festival, 2011

Morrissey performs live during the Glastonbury Festival, 2011

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey is "mid-way" through writing a novel after the success of his memoirs, which topped the best-seller charts last year.

The singer, whose hits with the Manchester group include Shakespeare's Sister, took part in a question-and-answer session on a fan website called True To You and also revealed that he came close to recording a duet with David Bowie.

Morrissey's memoir, called Autobiography and published by Penguin Classics, outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the best-seller charts in its first week.

The book saw the famously private star disclose details of how his first relationship with a man came in his 30s and grumble at length about the injustices of a court case concerning the royalties from his former band.

The 457-page book also included his brushes with famous names including writer Alan Bennett.

He told fans that one reason he had turned to fiction was because "radio stations will not play my music" and "the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry".

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