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Welcome to the official website of David Scott. 

David’s days are busy: besides writing daily, he works at Griffith University as a simulated patient for medical students. Scenarios vary from dementia, where his character sees people in walls; to sporting a bandaged wrist from a supposedly chainsaw accident. There is never a dull period in David’s life.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about David’s life as well as his 2020 Stargazer Book Tour.

BY DAVID SCOTT

STARGAZER

Stargazer provides a rich account of life from World War II through to the present day: The author candidly reveals the innocent years of a naive boy growing up in rural Australia, devastating events at South College and the untimely death of his father. At age seventeen he takes on the management of the family cinemas and drive-in theatres: a career spanning forty years, which included memorable times with Mike Walsh, Jeannie Little, Simon Gallagher and other stars of Australian television. After selling his theatre interests, David established a thoroughbred horse stud. A near-death experience altered his perspective and future; a change in direction saw him becoming an acclaimed playwright, director, and then novelist. David reveals a life well-lived – overcoming challenges, embracing simplicity and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Stargazer is a riches to rags story told with humour and pathos.

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Blood Tears of the Dead Heart

The body of a man with a crushed skull is found in outback Australia. Discovered hidden nearby is a letter containing cryptic clues to the location of a massive gold find in the  unchartered Dead Heart of Australia.

Greedy rumours fly, when a wife arrives to collect her dead husband’s belongings. Not only is the not-entirely-bereaved widow out for a take, but also local authorities find themselves overrun by those willing to kill for a chance to find the gold. Speaking of killing, who bashed in the victim’s skull? Obese Sergeant Gillings is on the case with the help of his officers and trackers. The roguish Bob and his lover, Chaenee, are on the hunt as well.

Australian Aborigines in the Dead Heart are on a rampage because strangers enter their forbidden territory. These gold-hungry adventurers have to fight each other, wild natives, and the unforgiving terrain itself on the perilous path to striking it rich.

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Butcherbirds Cry at Midnight

The decades following World War II are lucrative for the Algie family and their Murray Valley winery. Their daughter, Amy, matures into a strong-willed and beautiful woman and, when she accepts a job offer in Sydney, she abandons her confidant and brother, Cade, who struggles to find his place in the world.
Amy diligently works her way up to professional success in the movie industry. Unfortunately, her parents make no secret of their wish for her to return home to help run the winery with her father and brothers.
Everything changes when a disheveled Cade turns up on Amy’s doorstep, leaving her to realise he has been using drugs.
The 60’s in Australia is a time of change, where young people openly question authority. It is a time of hippies, anti-war demonstrations, and rebellion, things Cade embraces.
The repercussions of a tragic revelation that has festered for years threatens the entire Algie clan and, as Amy becomes entwined within the complex family dynamics, she is haunted by events hidden in her past.
In this historical novel, children born into a prosperous Murray Valley winery must navigate through a challenging journey after one of them takes a downward spiral into the dark world of drugs. The blur between madness and reality obscures a truth too horrible to face.

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STAGE PLAYS

Echoes in the Mist
 
 
Butcherbirds Cry at Midnight
 
 
Has Alice Frikkin a Ghost of a Chance?
 
 Gathering Shadows

NOVELS

Butcherbirds Cry at Midnight
A drama of a family in conflict, set at a vineyard by the Murray River, and at Sydney, in post World War II.
 
Blood Tears of the Dead Heart
An action-adventure set in Central Australia after World War I. Murder, lust and intrigue at finding a man’s skeleton in the Dead Heart of

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Stargazer
An historical autobiography that begins during World War II and continues to the present day.