P.L. Travers, born in 1899, grew up on a sugar plantation in Australia, and was one of three sisters.
She worked as a secretary, a dancer and an actress, but writing was P.L. Travers's real love, and for many years she was a journalist. It was while recuperating from a serious illness that she wrote Mary Poppins. She recieved an OBE in 1977, and died in 1996.
"Like all great children's classics, Mary Poppins is frightening
and sad as well as magic and very funny"
"Absolutely alive, and aglint with magic"
Walter de la Mare
Mary Poppins is the Good Fairy, whom we are all seeking"
Times Literary Supplement