Morrissey's autobiography outsells new Bridget Jones book in first week of sale

The singer's long-awaited memoir has sold over 35,000 copies

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Morrissey's long awaited autobiograohy has beaten the new Bridget Jones novel to top the best sellers chart in its first week of sale.

The Penguin published 'Autobiography' sold just under 35,000 copies according to sales figures in trade magazine The Bookseller, Belfast Telegraph reports.

Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones novel Mad About The Boy sold 32,000 copies.

In the 457-page tome, Morrissey writes that he was involved in a two-year relationship with a man Jake Owen Walters, which took place in the singer's thirties. Though he doesn't specify if they were lovers or not. Morrissey writes that his relationship with Walters marked "the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we', as, finally, I can get on with someone".

Morrissey later issued a statement clarifying his sexuality. "Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course ... not many", he wrote.

The autobiography is also on course to be a Christmas bestseller, according to high-street retailer Waterstones. Speaking to Associated Press, Jon Howells, spokesman for the Waterstones book store chain, said he expects the book to sell well in the run-up to the festive season. "In Britain, he is one of our icons," Howells said. "His is the great untold story from the '80s generation of music heroes." Autobiography is also Number One on the Amazon best-sellers list at the time of writing.

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