Benkemoun is very handy with the exclamation mark. ‘Who still remembers Louis Chavance?’ she writes. ‘Film buffs, maybe!’ Dora Maar was not simply ‘no feminist’, she was ‘certainly no feminist!’ And, in case we were worried, at one point the author assures us, in the context of an interview with an auctioneer, ‘I told him that my father had also run an auction house. And I wasn’t even lying!’ The above gives a flavour of her style. The book has been translated from French, but I checked the original and exclamation marks abound there too. I’d have had more patience had the author of the book not been a writer by profession.