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The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook: The First Guide to What Really Matters in Life (Harpers & Queen) [Paperback]

Ann Barr , Peter York
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Aug 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312582293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312582296
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,949,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING STUFF 17 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having lived and mixed with a number of individuals that match the definition of a "sloane ranger", I believe that this book provides a fascinating and amusing read. Even to those amongst the British population who have not experienced the pleasure of mixing with these types of people, this book alongside its companion "The Sloane Ranger Diary" will enable the reader to receive a great insight into the way of life that the higher echelons of our society enjoy. However, after having mixed with these individuals I can most certainly guarantee that the authors definitely employ a stereotypical narrative about this social group, which is very much a parody!!
Nevertheless, I would recommend to anybody that reading these two books will provide them with a stimulating and witty read as well as a unique cultural insight about how our ex-colonial forefathers and for want of a better word "masters" go about their daily lives, especially in the social context. The reader will also obtain a sound knowledge of the mentality and core values that the Sloane embodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Permanent Coffee Table Book 16 Mar 2002
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a riotous spillage (in a reserved British kind of way) of amusing anecdotes, rules and instructions for life, for aspiring sloanes, or anyone wanting to recognise them or poke fun at them. It takes a brisk, light-hearted trek through every aspect of Henry & Caroline's lifestyle from birth to death, describing their conception of 'what really matters', much of which they derive from the nearby royalty (Buckingham Palace not being very far from Sloane Square) and the need to be a part of the establishment.
This would include (quote from the front cover) "Why it really matters to * WEAR navy blue * EAT jelly with a fork * READ Dick Francis and the FT [ie. the Financial Times] * GIGGLE in bed * CRY when you sing carols * NOT CRY at funerals" ... " * KILL salmon * DRINK seriously * PUT the 'Great' into Britain and the 'Hooray' into Henry and LIVE IN THE COUNTRY (or, failing that, Kensington Square)"
The text is mixed up liberally with all kinds of off-the-wall photographs, diagrams, cartoons, rhymes, and lists, appropriate to the popular London style magazine 'Harpers & Queen', and is a solid 150 pages of reasonably small print.
One of my favourite sections details table manners. Eg: "Fish Knives. Sloanes make a joke about not owning these. They're not supposed to - the Georgians didn't - but many do, because Sloane fortunes were _Victorian_ fortunes. _Rule relaxed_. (N.B. The Great Sloane Question: Does the Queen have fish knives? Answer: No.)"
At its core however, is a detailed, genuine description of who sloanes really are and how they live - their insistence on perfect grammer, exactly which "non-U" words to avoid, the games they play, how to behave in social situations, and so on, which can be taken for fact as the book was written by 2 sloanes, and might educate the most casual of readers.
My writing style here is probably not doing it justice - the book is quite simply very funny, and was a bestseller in its day. You only have to search the internet to find how many fans it has. Admittedly it does appear dated now (since 1982 - especially the 25 pages on fashionable clothes & where to buy them!), but has lost little of its humour. The fashions may have changed, but the people haven't.
I discovered it in a charity shop 12 months ago, and have been _so_very_amused_ that it hasn't left my coffee table since!
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4.0 out of 5 stars sloane rangers unite 7 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For all of you who have read the Official Preppy Handbook, this book highlights their British cousins, the Sloane Rangers. It details everything from what to wear to who you can talk to based on what they're wearing, from attending the proper schools to how to get your kids into the proper schools. WHY do some books go out of print?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarcastically Funny 19 Feb 2010
By Mary Therese Villanueva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant gift to give for Anglophile fans. Sarcastic, funny, & very English!
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm guessing that this was my post-grad bible' 2 Aug 2014
By Magus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was living in the UK when this book came out and, I suppose that I was working my way up to "Sloane Ranger" status. It wasn't that I grew into such a formidable Sloanie… ah, those where the grand times.

If you’re a Sloane Ranger now, that’s how you’ll always think of yourself! BTW, I’ve a flat in Sloane Guardians if you’re looking…
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such Fun !! 23 Jun 2005
By Peter L. Kraus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What the Preppie Handbook did for the Northeast; The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook does for London. This book really made light of our English cousins strange habits across the pond.

A riotous read !!
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