When Morrissey’s autobiography was released in Britain on Oct. 17, it launched straight to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, sold 35,000 copies in its first week and passed Keith Richards’ 2010 biography Life for most first-week memoir sales for any U.K. book in history. But the clamor for Morrissey’s new book didn’t stop in Europe—fans across North America have waited in vain the past several weeks for Penguin Classics, the official publisher of the autobiography, to ship its coveted export across the Atlantic. There’s more to life than books, you know, but try telling that to the North American Moz fans who have resorted to buying the book through Amazon.co.uk at inflated prices.
Fortunately, the New York Times reports that G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has acquired the rights to distribute the book in America. According to the Times, several publishers had been competing for the publishing rights, but two people involved in the negotiations confirmed that G.P. Putnam’s Sons had won the bid to print the 457-page memoir. There is no official North American release date, but the publisher is expected to roll out the book in time for the holiday season.