#DailyBookQuote : 11th February 2014
– P L Travers (August 09, 1899 – April 23, 1996)
– P L Travers’ Mary Poppins
When their new nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives on a gust of the East Wind, greets their mother, and slides up the banister, Jane and Michael’s lives are turned magically upside down. Mary takes the children on the most extraordinary outings: to a fun fair inside a pavement picture; to visit an Uncle who floats up to the ceiling when he laughs; on a spectacular trip to see the Man-in-the-Moon. With her strict but fair, no-nonsense attitude, combined with amazing magical powers, things are never straightforward with Mary Poppins. But she has only promised to stay until the wind changes. Pamela Lyndon Travers was an Australian novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children’s novels about mystical nanny Mary Poppins. She was born to bank manager Travers Robert Goff and Margaret Agnes. Her father died when she was seven, and although epileptic seizure delirium was given as the cause of death, Travers herself always believed the underlying cause was sustained, heavy drinking. Travers began to publish her poems while still a teenager and wrote for The Bulletin and Triad while also gaining a reputation as an actress. She toured Australia and New Zealand with a Shakespearean touring company before leaving for England in 1924. There she dedicated herself to writing under the pen name P. L. Travers.