1. Crash Annual 2023
2. Luke Haines - Bad Vibes: Britpop and my part in its downfall
3. Duncan MacDonald - South Coast Diaries
There's a subset of people on here that came from WoS, and there's a subset of those that were there because of Amiga Power, and there's a subset of those that came to Amiga Power from Your Sinclair, and there's a subset of those that were reading Your Sinclair long enough that they're familiar with the writing of Duncan MacDonald.
Potentially, that subset just consists of me.
Anyway, I'm not sure of the best way to describe his writing, I've been reading a few old reviews, and so far he's had his pet monkey review Skate Crazy on the spectrum, and Howard from Take That review Grand Prix Manager 2 on the PC, when he was writing for PC Zone. This is now making me read a load of old PC Zones, so expect a load of old PC games in the Finish 52 thread.
You may also be familiar with this - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_ ... prov=sfla1
Although it seems he was just ahead of his time https://store.steampowered.com/app/1480 ... Simulator/
From what I can tell, after leaving PC Zone, he pretty much disappeared. The diary extracts on which this book is based were originally published back in 2000 on seethru.co.uk,
although from a trip through the wayback machine only a few weeks worth of entries were published. It looks like they made it into book form in 2005, but it looks like it wasn't published at the time (the internet seems a bit unclear about this).
Apparently MacDonald was on the dole at the time of writing these entries, so not sure how much of this is based on experience. I think I only learned of the book's existence when I heard that the author had died, which, I think was in 2020, although it might have been 2017, and people only found out about it in 2020 (again, the internet seems a bit unclear).
I suppose I should write about the book. As the title suggests, it's written as diary entries, covering the first few months of "Duncan Donaldo's" stint in Hastings, surviving on the dole. Learn how to play Dole Lotto, so you get the most sympathetic person serving you. Read Cordon Bleu quality recipes, using ingredients from Lidl (and whatever else you might be able to get your hands on), and discover more about cockroaches than you probably want to know.
The entries are nice and bite-size, apart from a couple of longer "plot development" ones, and it's an amusing enough read while it lasts.