Review of Morrissey's autobiography named Hatchet Job of the Year

AA Gill rewarded for scathing Sunday Times critique

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A scathing review of Morrissey's 2013 autobiography has been named Hatchet Job of the Year, a prize rewarding "the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review".

AA Gill's review of Morrissey's book for The Sunday Times has been handed this year's prize with the esteemed critic describing the former frontman of The Smiths as "the most ornery, cantankerous, entitled, whingeing, self-martyred human being who ever drew breath. And those are just his good qualities."

Morrissey's insistence that the book be published as part of Penguin's Classics division particularly infuriated Gill, who described the move as a "pooterishly embarrassing piece of intellectual social climbing", adding, "it roundly mocks Morrissey, and this is a humiliation constructed by the self-regard of its victim".

Seven other reviews were shortlisted for this year's Hatchet Job of the Year. AA Gill collected his prize at a Soho ceremony earlier this week. In addition to the prize, the writer was given a year's supply of potted shrimp as part of his award.

Meanwhile, Morrissey recently accused members of the Royal Family of hypocrisy in an open letter addressing the issue of hunting. He criticised William for going on a hunting trip to Spain the day after launching United For Wildlife, a campaign to end the illegal hunting of animals.

Morrissey will release a new album later this year. The album is expected to be released in the second half of 2014 with Morrissey currently working on the follow-up to 2009's 'Years Of Refusal' in France with producer Joe Chiccarelli. The singer, who released his autobiography in October 2013, has signed a new, worldwide record deal with Universal Music’s US-based Harvest Records. In a statement, he said he was "thrilled" to sign the contract.

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