Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cooler Faster More Expensive: The Return of the Sloane Ranger by Peter York & Olivia Stewart Liberty


I had never heard of Sloane Rangers until I moved to England in 2010, but once I heard the term tossed around a few times, I became a bit curious. I mean, the famous Sloane Rangers include Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and Prime Minister David Cameron to name a few, so you can see why I would want to dig a little deeper into this group of people. Naturally I hurriedly bought the book Cooler Faster More Expensive: The Return of the Sloane Ranger, however I never got around to reading it... Until now. 

Firstly, let me say if you hold dear your beloved copy of The Official Preppy Handbook and consider True Prep to be one of your favorite books from the past decade, then add Cooler Faster More Expensive to your reading list - it's basically the British version of the same.

Cooler Faster More Expensive is a fun, tongue-in-cheek read that breaks down the various types of Sloane Rangers, who they were and who they've become in modern times. Sloane Ranger is not just a mere stereotype - it's a way of life and there are stereotypes to go around within the label including Eco Sloanes, Turbo Sloanes, Chav Sloanes and more... Not only is this book an interesting look at British culture, but it's also a great way to discover shops, hair salons and watering holes you may not know about in London.

So, Hackett collars up, Barbour jackets at the ready and wellies on... It's time to get reading!
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