This August marks 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death aged just 36. New book Marilyn Remembered  (Cindy De La Hoz, published by Carlton Books, £35, available from all good bookshops and online) evokes her life and career with wonderful images and memorabilia from the Monroe estate. Lena Weber reviews.

I have to admit, as much as I love watching Marilyn’s films, I knew very little about her before I started reading Marilyn Remembered. The book, which chronicles her life from her troubled childhood right until her death, served as a brilliant introduction to Marilyn’s life and career. I really enjoyed reading the many anecdotes included by the people close to her, and the wealth of pictures – most of which I had never seen before – brought to life her incredible beauty.

What made this book extra special to me were the many memorabilia that came with it. Each chapter includes a little folder which is packed full of facsimile documents – all of which you can take out – such as her personal script for Niagara, a personal note she wrote to her second husband Joe DiMaggio, their divorce certificate and the set design for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Marilyn Remembered makes an excellent introduction to Marilyn’s life and should be a must for all Monroe fans who will enjoy the very special glimpses into her private life.