I have become a new fan of yours via my local council library and I am wending my way through Sharp's adventures, and Starbuck's vacation has run it's course so get him back to work please!!!!! Recently I was lucky to find GALLOWS THEIF at the library and enjoyed it throughly but as an AUSTRALIAN I must correct your version of historyin that AUSTRALIA WAS NOT AUSTRALIA until 1-1-1901, Captain A Phillips landed in Sydney which was part of the colony of NEW SOUTH WALES so named by Captain James Cook on 26-1-1788 and the land mass "terra australis" was all known as n.s.w. until various colonies were established ie Victoria,Queensland etc. and allfinally agreed to join together as one country in1901(this resulted in many strange "colony type " decisions such as differentsized rail tracks ) I hope you dont think I am "NIT PICKING". Hope Sharp's adventures run well into the 2000's I remain your loyal reader REX DALE
You're absolutely right and I promise never to do it again.