Summer reads 2014: 10 best memoirs

From lives lived through music, sport, poetry and politics, here are the autobiographies to read this summer

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It's finally summer, which means holidays and afternoons spent in parks - time when reading material is needed. To inspire your reading list, we have rounded up the best new memoirs to read during the forthcoming warmer months - from the worlds of politics, music, sport, literature and film.

Track the impressive career of Hillary Clinton in Hard Choices; join director John Waters on his colourful roadtrip across America with Carsick; or go back to the Seventies with The Slits' Viv Albertine and learn the truth about the rebellion and wildness of punk.

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Those looking for a serious read should try Hillary Clinton’s detailed memoir; anyone after unadulterated escapism should look no further than John Waters’ colourful Carsick. Or if you fancy immersing yourself in a time where rebellion and individuality were paramount, Viv Albertine’s candid autobiography is my pick for the summer.

1. Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine, £10.26

2. A Curious Career by Lynn Barber, £11.89

3. Rock Stars Stole My Life! by Mark Ellen, £17.47 

4. Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton, £15.13

5. Born To Manage by Terry Venables, £9

6. Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton, £6.99

7. Carsick by John Waters, £16.99

8. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff, £11.89

9. Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse, £13.62

10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Wise, £7.19

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