This story is old we know but the long and painful saga of Morrissey's autobiography may be about to come to an end - Penguin publishers have officially announced that the book will be out on October 17th.

Penguin Classics yesterday released a blunt press release which may reflect the protracted gestation of the whole project. It reads:



To be published by Penguin Classics on 17 October 2013, £8.99
also available as an ebook."

The book bears the Penguin Classics design of a black (on the outside because black is how he feels on the inside) cover, an accolade normally bestowed on literary landmarks rather than new titles. 

A spokeswoman for Penguin said yesterday: "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."

Earlier this year 54-year-old Morrissey suggested that the book would run to 660 pages but added that he couldn't think why anybody would be interested in reading it.

"I've been through the whole life in many ways and I just wonder if 660 pages are too much for people to bear," he toild BBC's Front Row. "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."