Books pay tribute to Princess Diana 20 years after her death

Published Aug. 17, 2017

Untold millions of words have been written about Princess Diana, so it's inevitable that more would be printed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. Perhaps the most revealing new book, Diana and Dodi: The Truth by Michael Cole, was set to be published in the United Kingdom Aug. 31, but Dodi Al Fayed's powerful father intervened to prevent it.

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Diana: Her True Story — In Her Own Words (Simon & Schuster, $17) by Andrew Morton is a revised 25th anniversary edition with fresh material added from the interviews Morton conducted in secret with the princess in 1992. The sensational original edition of the book sold more than a million copies.

LIFE Diana: A Princess Remembered (Life, $13.99) gathers dozens of photos from the magazine's archives as well as essays on Diana's life and her continuing influence on England's royal family.

PEOPLE Diana: Her Life and Legacy (People, $13.99) is a keepsake edition from a magazine that covered the princess intensively from her courtship with Prince Charles to her shocking death — she appeared on 54 covers — with dozens of photos as well as interviews and more.

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Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (Random House, $32) by Sally Bedell Smith (who also wrote Diana in Search of Herself) is a biography of the heir to the throne that focuses on both his marriages.

Remembering Diana: A Life in Photographs (National Geographic, $30) gathers more than 100 photos of the princess beloved by cameras, from her schoolgirl days to recent pictures of her sons. The introduction is by Tina Brown, former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor, whose dishy 2008 book The Diana Chronicles is one of the essential biographies. This is a companion volume to National Geographic Channel's Diana: In Her Own Words.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor