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12 January, 2022

Yungaburra featured in bestselling book

PASSIONATE author with a love for the Australian outback Jill Staunton is bringing her work to the Tablelands with her award winning novel which opens and closes in Yungaburra’s Avenue of Honour.

Author Jill Staunton with her new novel, All That He Is.

“All That He Is” tells that story of combat dog handler Daniel O’Callaghan, who is discharged from his service in Afghanistan suffering from trauma and struggling to find his way back into society. 

Determined to find “normal” again, he travels North Queensland and makes his way to Yungaburra, where he becomes overwhelmed with emotion by the Avenue of Honour. 

“He used to work with the corporate dogs and lost his dog, so when he finds the plaque about the combat dogs he has a very emotional moment,” she said. 

“People usually lose their identity when getting involuntarily discharged from service and the main character really feels this way throughout this book.” 

This is Jill’s second book she has released, focusing on the importance of outback North Queensland and recognising the small communities among it. 

“I think it’s important to recognise these towns and I have received feedback from readers saying how they loved that they could relate to the area that was being represented,” she said. 

“All That He Is” is available to purchase from Tablelands Books in Atherton or online at

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