Morrissey book 'cancelled'

Morrissey book 'cancelled'

Penguin has declined to comment on claims that a planned Morrissey autobiography has been cancelled.

A story posted on True to You, a website dedicated to the former Smiths frontman, said "a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey had caused the venture to collapse".

It added: "No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher."

The site claimed the book was due for release on Monday (16th September). No release is currently listed on Nielsen or Amazon.

The singer announced in 2011 that he had written 600 pages of his autobiography, and wanted it to be published as a Penguin Classic. He told Radio 4 programme Front Row: "I'd like it to go to Penguin, but only if they published it as a Classic. I can't see why not – a contemporary Penguin Classic. When you consider what really hits print these days and when you look at the autobiographies and how they are sold, most of it is appalling. It's a publishing event, not a literary event."

A Penguin spokesperson at the time told The Independent: "There is a natural fit between Morrissey's sensibility, his artistic achievements and Penguin Classics. A book could be published as a Penguin Classic because it is a classic in the making. It's something we would like to discuss with Morrissey."

Previously, Lee Brackstone at Faber had urged Morrissey to publish any memoir with Faber. In a blog posted on Faber blog The Thought Fox he said: "We feel very strongly that you belong in this company... It would be the fulfilment of my most pressing and persistent publishing dream to see that 'ff' sewn into the spine of your Life. Just any other publisher won't do. You deserve Faber and the love we can give you. History demands it; destiny commands it."

Penguin declined to comment when asked about the status of a Morrissey book.