Penguin Books: ‘Morrissey’s autobiography is a classic in the making’

Publisher hints that deal with former Smiths singer could be a goer

Penguin Books has said Morrissey‘s forthcoming autobiography is “a classic in the making”.

The publisher has said it is keen to enter discussions with the former Smiths frontman, who announced he had finished the 600-page-plus tome earlier this week.

During an 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.


Responding to his comments, a spokeswoman for Penguin 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.”

When quizzed about the possibility of being published by Penguin, Morrissey said: “I can’t see why not.”

He continued: “I’ve been through the whole life in many ways and I just wonder if 660 pages are too much for people to bear. And then I sit down and think, well, are six pages too much for people to bear? I really don’t know. I’m trimming.”


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