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The official Sloane Ranger handbook: How the British upper class prepares its offspring for life Paperback – 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312582293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312582296
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 6, 2000
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?
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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.
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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…
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