Morrissey’s Debut Novel, ‘List of the Lost,’ Gets September Release


In October 2013, Morrissey released his first book, Autobiography. It was, yup, an autobiography, and drew #1 best-selling interest a. because it played with form in its exclusion of chapter breaks, b. because it was published under the Penguin Classics imprint, c. because it covered elements of Morrissey’s “humasexual” (unfortunately unrelated to hummus) romantic life, and d. because anything about Morrissey gets people excited (or upset, or both), and this book kind of encompassed everything about Morrissey. Now, Morrissey seems to be turning his authorial focus away from himself: it’s been announced that he’s completed a work of fiction (which he’d hinted at in 2014).

True to You broke the news, revealing that the title of his first novel is List of the Lost, and that it’ll be released through Penguin’s UK branch in September (with a specific date coming later this week) in softcover/paperback. When Morrissey had spoken of being “mid-way through his novel” in 2014, he’d said that his first book had been “more successful than any record [he’d] ever released.” In other words, this could likewise be huge.

On its September publication, it’ll be available in UK, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa, though there’s no news yet when it’ll be released in the states. No plot details have been shared.