New Book Journeys Into the Australian Outback in the 1950's

Inspired by true events from James Palmer’s life, “Don’t Talk to the Dunnyman” (published by Balboa Press AU) explores life in 1950s Queensland, Australia.

John Tiley spent his life moving around Australia due to his father’s job. The newest leg of the Tiley family journey takes them to Queensland. While unloading the car John hears a voice and makes an unexpected friend, Ceddy is a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy. Although their skin tones don’t match, John and Ceddy become friends.

Together, John and Ceddy face many challenges as they go up against dangers of the Outback and small town racial prejudices. Despite the difficulties, they have adventures, make other friends and learn slowly how to become men.

The book is available for purchase at:

“Don’t Talk to the Dunnyman”
By James Palmer
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781504314411
E-Book | 170 pages | ISBN 9781504314404
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
James Palmer was born and raised in the Australian bush. While his father worked as a surveyor, the family moved all around western New South Wales, Queensland, and Papua New Guinea. Palmer married in 1972, he traveled with his wife and two sons for 15 years until returning to Australia in the late 1980s. He is now retired, living on the tablelands behind Cairns, Australia. He enjoys writing and golf, and spends two days a week volunteering as a justice of the peace. “Don’t Talk to the Dunnyman” is his first novel.

Balboa Press Australia is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialise in self-help and the mind, body and spirit genre. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the Author Solutions self-publishing model. For more information or to start publishing today, visit or call 1800 050 315. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter and “Like” us at

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