Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 26 September 2008
I'm writing in 2008, twenty-five years after the SLOANE RANGER HANDBOOK was first published. Originally, the book could have been read simply for an innocently voyeuristic "hoot" at the quirks of the then flourishing Upper Middle Class. On speed-reading it with a chuckle, you might have consigned it to the downstairs loo to gather dust. Get it out now - or buy a copy on Amazon! In 1982, the authors painted Henry and Caroline at their most ebullient and excessive; fair enough - the book had to sell. The 1982 Caroline Sloane was the clear heir and continuation of her mother, 1950/60's Caroline Knightsbridge-Knotted. There was an assurance to Sloane life which, as the years passed and the new millennium dawned, came to be seen as rewarding the untalented and stopping those with ability reaching the top. Perhaps this was true in part but there was another side to the Sloane character which, today, is worthy of some mourning; indeed, on re-reading the HANDBOOK, it has become an elegy. The Sloane - shout this from the rooftops - gave back to society. The "wah-wah" voice and robust, patrician conservatism disguised a person who was up before dawn to deliver Meals-on-Wheels and who baked cakes all evening for the church spire appeal, or other cohesive community cause. The Sloane was a "We" person, not a "Me" person. Today, as "Little Britain" characters and their self-absorbed New Labour facilitators depose the remaining Henrys and Carolines, the loss of this tribe is a cause for regret.
44 comments|41 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 2 March 2013
A brilliant take on this breed of person we all know so well made me hooray with laughter.............. ha ha
0Comment|4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 6 March 2015
Must read!
Not only for brittish sloanes, but also for the cousins from the continent!
Experience here what it really means to be brittish or to be educated.
It advocates the good old conservative lifestyle and explains why the
different fieldsports disciplines are so important!
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 April 2014
Having grown up in the world described and being a teenager when the book first came out, I find its resurgence both charming and somewhat confusing. The book was a parody of a moment in time, a journalistic in-joke that spiralled out of control. As much as Chaucer's characters or a column in Private Eye this book was a social lampoon ( al be it an affectionate one), that belonged to Pucci Pizza, the Hurlingham Club and MPW. Most of the Schools referred to have since become co-ed the regiments disappeared or merged. It should be taken as what it is and no more, an artefact of social history,
0Comment|4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 August 2015
Excellent book - a brilliant glimpse of a bygone moment in time by the lovely, recently late, Ann Barr .... co-authored with Peter York.
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 January 2014
a good handbook for English culture. I enjoyed it. It's old but still fashionable in some way, even in today.
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 30 September 2015
I really liked this first time round, and it brings back many memories.
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 4 September 2014
Tongue in cheek handbook. A perfect companion to your Jilly Cooper collection. Yes, it's out of date, but it is a funny look back over what was in fashion in the 1980s
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 14 October 2014
A classic and a must have
0Comment|One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 16 July 2014
Priceless read!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)