Morrissey has decided to decline the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College Dublin's Philosophical Society which he had been offered last month.

The society had hoped to honour the former Smiths frontman for his contribution to music. 

An announcement on Morrissey fan website True to You, which the singer uses to communicate with his public, read: "Morrissey has politely declined to accept Trinity College Dublin's Gold Medal Award for Contribution to Music."

Last month, when Morrissey shared the news of the award with True to You he said: "My initial reaction is to feel undeserving ... my contribution to music being such that no record label on the planet has either the nerve or the imagination to sign me!" 

It would have been the first award of its kind that he had received.

The Philosophical Society has previously honoured Bono, Bob Geldof, Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Michael Gambon, Amy Poehler, Courtney Love, Jack White and Morrissey's onetime Smiths bandmate, Johnny Marr, among many others. 

Penguin books have announced more details of Morrissey's debut novel, List of the Lost. It will be published on September 24 and will retail at around €11.00.

Morrissey wrote the following lines for the press release for the book: "Beware of the novelist … intimate and indiscreet … pompous, prophetic airs … here is the fact of the fiction … an American tale where, naturally, evil conquers good, and none live happily ever after, for the complicated pangs of the empty experiences of flesh-and-blood human figures are the reasons why nothing can ever be enough. To read a book is to let a root sink down. List of the lost is the reality of what is true battling against what is permitted to be true."