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Sometimes, Bigger Is Better Never-before-seen Avedon, a Trump-free Palm Beach, Helmut’s nudes: everyone loves a beautiful coffee-table book, and this year options abound

First Love Little-known correspondence from Elizabeth Bishop offers a glimpse into the poet’s romantic life

First Impressions A new book remembers more than a decade spent in the orbit of Beckett and de Beauvoir. Here, its author describes her early encounters with the literary stars

Lee Child On the unlikely books that offer a break from your routine reads

Bonjour Tristesse Once again, the French novelist Michel Houellebecq is a step ahead of current events. But his themes are timeless

Prince Among Men The photographer behind My Name Is Prince, the largest-ever collection of images of the star, recalls the extraordinary experience of being in his orbit

Marie Kondo On the titles worth keeping on your magically tidied-up bookshelf

Criminal Minds The author of a new book on Dorothy L. Sayers reflects on the magic born of the novelist’s collaboration with her fellow Oxford women