Delving into the forgotten

BOOK REVIEW: The Chaperone
By Laura Moriarty (Michael Joseph, RRP $35)

Set in the 1920s, The Chaperone is the story of Cora Carlisle, who leaves her seemingly happy life in Wichita, Kansas, for the bright lights of New York to chaperone the young and talented Louise Brooks.

Unknown to Louise, Cora has another reason for agreeing to the trip: she wants to learn more about her childhood and the orphanage she once lived in.

Throughout her journey, Cora learns to shed away her prejudices about life and embraces the changes that come her way.

The Chaperone deals with subject matter that in the 1920s would have been controversial and it is fascinating to read how each character deals with the situations they find themselves in. The story is easy to read and completely engrossing.

Louise Brooks - who features on the cover - was a real silent film actress known for her wild ways and iconic fashion statements.