Penguin Books have confirmed they will release the official Morrissey autobiography on October 17.
The release of the book has been delayed numerous times in recent months and appeared to have been pulled entirely at the last minute following a “content dispute” between the singer and publisher. However, a statement published on Morrissey fan site True To You confirms the date the book will be available in the UK and Europe. A US release date has yet to be confirmed.
Morrissey: Autobiography was originally due for release on September 16 but a statement three days prior to that date explained that the book would no longer be available on that date and would not even be published by Penguin. However, Penguin subsequently released a statement of their own claiming that they will still release the book in the UK and Europe but not in America.
In 2011 a spokesperson for Penguin Books said Morrissey’s forthcoming autobiography was “a classic in the making”. The publisher has said it was keen to enter discussions with the former Smiths frontman, who announced he had finished the 600-page tome that year.
During a 2011 interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Morrissey said he wanted the book to come out on the Penguin Classic series, despite the book franchise normally only ever being bestowed on already-established literary classics rather than new titles.
Over the past year Morrissey has postponed and cancelled a host of tour dates because of his mother’s and his own ill health. He recently revealed that he nearly died earlier this year due to medical problems.