David Ian Groves, born in Brighton, UK, migrated to Australia as a teenager. Gaining his PhD from the University of Tasmania, he was appointed at the University of Western Australia, where he became professor and director of a research centre in economic geology. During his academic career, he co-authored approximately 500 journal papers, including several best papers in journal awards, supervised over 150 postgraduate students, was awarded 11 research medals and given an honorary DSc and fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science. Since retirement, he has provided consultation to gold exploration companies and celebrated his love of the English language by writing novels.
About The BOOK
Naughty in Australia
Daisy Dikdocks and her best friend, Murray, are off to Australia to stay with her aunt and uncle, Suzanne and David, in Canberra. Their farewell with the members of their gang involves an exchange of gifts which results in railway and airport dramas that even reach the TV news.
Daisy and Murray enjoy their Qantas flight from Singapore without Daisy’s mum but cannot resist playing pranks on their fellow passengers while always appearing so innocent. In Australia, they cause mischief wherever they go: in their hotel, in the koala enclosure at the zoo, on the golf course, at the parliament house and in Aunt Suzanne and Uncle David’s house, but their clever detective work also catches a burglar in the act.
To their surprise, when they have to attend school before going home to England, Sister Thelma, the principal at their school in Brighton, comes to their Canberra school as a temporary replacement for the principal while she is away. Daisy enlists the help of some schoolgirls to play clever tricks and pranks at school and outwit Sister Thelma again, this time in Australia. Although she has caused lots of mischief, Uncle David loves the new fun in his life and will miss her badly when she goes home.
In 2023, a series of extraordinary events, with unclear religious terrorist connotations, unfold at iconic USA locations. US President Caitlin Custer forms a team from the new Bureau of Anti-Terrorism (BAT) to identify and apprehend the instigators. As even more serious incidents hit across the USA, the resultant media frenzy centers on the predictions of an evangelical preacher that a series of biblical plagues will punish an increasingly Godless nation. This initiates panic as the population starts to believe that the plagues have descended.
The BAT team are baffled by the lack of forensic evidence and a clear motive for the ‘plagues’ and cannot identify the instigators. As they investigate, the action swings across the globe with assistance from an unexpected quarter. The key question remains: Will the perpetrators be identified and apprehended in time to thwart the threat to national security and to ensure continued support for Caitlin Custer’s presidency?
From the day of her birth, Daisy Dikdocks has ‘Pinkitis’—a condition which spells out a life as Naughty in Pink. With her clever mind and expressive face, she is a challenge to all those in authority, including her mum, never quite disobeying but finding ways to create mayhem wherever she goes. Her special friends love her naughty attitude and her ability to think up funny pranks and clever tricks that she performs on their teachers. Her mischief at school and outside makes life exciting and fun for all of them when Daisy is around.
Her school principal, Sister Thelma, believes that Daisy is leader of a gang that is causing all the trouble at school. She is resolved to outwit Daisy, discover the gang and stop all the nonsense with the threat of a single large bottle marked ‘SLIME’ on her desk. But will she be able to link Daisy to the havoc at the school? Or will Daisy be able to outwit her principal and preserve her gang of special friends?