Morrissey's autobiography to be released in hardback in December

The new format of the book will once again break Penguin Classics' precedents

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Morrissey's recent autobiography will be released as a hardback in December, reports The Guardian.

Originally released in paperback format last month, the new version of the book will once again break Penguin Classics' precedents. Where the publisher normally opts to print its roster of hardback books in clothbound covers, Morrisey's autobiography will be released with a glossy dustjacket featuring a photograph of the singer in a swimming pool, with only a medallion adorning his bare chest.

Set to be published seven weeks after the paperback on December 5, the hardback will also feature a number of new images chosen by the former Smiths frontman and a full discography of his work. It will also be printed in full colour and be priced at £30. The paperback version became one of the fastest-sellling memoirs ever as it shot to the top of the UK bestseller charts in its first week of release.

It was reported earlier this week that Morrissey is to release a cover of the late Lou Reed's 'Satellite Of Love' on December 2. Recorded at The Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 25, 2011, the live version of the song will mark the release of the autobiography's audiobook version.

Lou Reed passed away on October 27, aged 71. In the aftermath of his death, Morrissey paid tribute to him as a major influence on his life and music. He wrote: "He has been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be."

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