Review of Morrissey Book Wins Hatchet Job Prize
Morrissey shows his autobiography during a presentation in Goteborg, Sweden on October 17, 2013. ADAM IHSEL/TT/AFP/Getty Images

A.A. Gill called the book "utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likability"

It was Morrissey who once sang: "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now."

The former Smiths frontman may wish to replay the song. A savage review of his best-selling memoir won Britain's Hatchet Job award Tuesday for the year's most cutting book review.

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Writing in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, journalist A.A. Gill said Morrissey's "Autobiography" was "utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likability."

"Autobiography" topped the British best-seller lists when it was published last year. It appeared under the Penguin Classics imprint, a rare designation for a living writer.

In his review, Gill said that publishing the book as a classic "doesn't diminish Aristotle or Homer or Tolstoy; it just roundly mocks Morrissey."

The Hatchet Job award was established in 2011 by literary website The Omnivore to honor "the angriest, funniest, most trenchant" review published in a newspaper or magazine. It has been criticized for rewarding mean-spiritedness, but organizers say the tongue-in-cheek contest has a serious purpose: to encourage reviewers to be fearless.

Gill receives a golden hatchet and a year's supply of potted shrimp from the award's sponsor, a fishmonger.