The novel comes almost two years on from 'Autobiography'
Morrissey has announced the release of his debut novel, ‘List Of The Lost’. It will be published by Penguin Books UK in September.
According to an official statement, the novel will be issued in paperback, and the date of release will be confirmed within a week. It will be available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
The last time he spoke publicly about his novel, in January 2014, he commented, “I am midway through my novel. I have my hopes. The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it’s generally assumed – quite rightly – that the Number One chart positions are ‘bought’ by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don’t think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular.”
Morrissey recently appeared on the Larry King Now online show, where he spoke about his recent cancer scare and his battle with depression. He also shed further light on his allegations of sexual assault against airport security at San Francisco International Airport.
While Morrissey had previously claimed that a security officer “crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles”, he has now elaborated on the alleged incident to King: “Would you like the absolute truth? They are horrific. He put his finger down my rear cleavage.”
He added: “Why would he want to [do that]? Why would he need to? Everything was fine but then he went straight for my private bits and then he put his finger down my rear cleavage.”
A spokesperson for the US Transportation Security Administration previously denied Morrissey’s claims.
Last year, Morrissey revealed that he had been treated for cancer, stating, “If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t,” regarding the procedures.
Now, the singer has added: “Cancer was found, yes. I had Barrett’s, which is the oesophagus. They scrape it occasionally and I have medication. But I’m OK. Lots of people have it and they fade away. Some other people have it and they don’t fade away.”
Asked about his current health situation, Morrissey described himself as “blooming”. He did, however, discuss his struggles with depression.
“For me, [depression] didn’t really ever get better,” he said. “I’ve had it for many years, I refer to it as the ‘black dog’, and it doesn’t go away. It’s usually the first thing in the morning, or the day, whenever you wake up [that you think of it]. It’s a part of being a sensitive, open human. I don’t [take medication] but I’ve been through everything and it’s pointless. It’s a state of mind and a frame of mind.”