Morrissey 'mid-way' through novel
10:51am Friday 3rd January 2014 in © Press Association 2014
M orrissey is "mid-way" through writing a novel after the success of his memoirs, which topped the best-seller charts last year.
The former Smiths singer took part in a question-and-answer session on a fan website called True To You and also revealed that he came close to recording a duet with David Bowie.
Morrissey's memoir, called Autobiography and published by Penguin Classics, outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the best- seller charts in its first week.
The book saw the famously private chart star disclose details of how his first relationship with a man came in his 30s and grumble at length about the injustices of a court case concerning the royalties from his former band .
The 457-page book also included his brushes with famous names including writer Alan Bennett.
He told fans that one reason he had turned to fiction was because "radio stations will not play my music" and " the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry".
He said: " In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel. I have my hopes."
Talking about his potential duet with Bowie, he said: " When I made the record Ringleader Of The Tormentors, the producer (Tony Visconti), who is a very close friend of David Bowie, tried to get both Bowie and I together to do our version of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', with David doing the deep Bill Medley parts, and me doing the Bobby Hatfield shrieks. I loved this idea, but David wouldn't budge."
Meanwhile, The Smiths' former drummer Mike Joyce has said that he hasn't read Morrissey's Autobiography and vowed he never will. In 1996 Joyce sued his ex-bandmates Morrissey and Johnny Marr over unpaid royalties, which is discussed by Morrissey in the book.
Mike told Q magazine: "I've not read the book, and I never will. I've got a pretty good idea of what's in there. I don't want to go down that route of putting out a statement saying that this or that is wrong."
But the drummer said he would still consider reuniting with his bandmates, although he does not expect to be invited.
He said: "Of course, we'd all do it we were asked. We were one of the greatest bands ever. As a performer, there was nobody better than Morrissey. But a reunion is never going to happen."