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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Valerie Lawson Narrator: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781442370135
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The story of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical children’s nanny, is remarkable enough. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family in a children’s book that was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the starring role in Walt Disney’s hugely successful and equally classic film. Now she is a Broadway sensation all over again.

But the story of Mary Poppins’ creator, as this first biography reveals, is just as unexpected and remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who in 1924 came to London from Sydney as a journalist. She became involved with theosophy and traveled in the literary circles of W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot. Most famously, she clashed with “the great convincer” Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film.

Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for “thinking you [Travers] know more about Mary Poppins than I do,” was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews’ big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery and porcelain beautiful. “You’ve got the nose for it,” Travers candidly assessed the star. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped P. L. Travers’ life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict, and ultimately mysterious nanny was the conception of someone who remained thoroughly inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.

“Who is P. L. Travers?” the American press inquired of “this unknown Englishwoman” whose creation resulting in Hollywood gold had won her international fame. Valerie Lawson’s illuminating biography, Mary Poppins, She Wrote, provides the first and only glimpse into the mind of a writer who fervently believed that “everyday life is the miracle.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eye-opening.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[Lawson’s] bittersweet biography of the supernanny’s elusive creator, Travers, convincingly portrays a writer who created her character out of the childhood sorrows that haunted her.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ambitious…Meticulously researched.”

    Booklist

  • “Intriguing. Lawson ably encompasses the life of this mysterious, many-sided author, from nymph to mother to crone.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Valerie Lawson is a feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald. Her previous books are Connie Sweetheart and The Allens Affair. She lives in Sydney and London.
About the Narrator

Terry Donnelly is a narrator and an actress who has appeared on television in Law & Order. She is the narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, and her reading of Quentins by Maeve Binchy was a finalist in 2003 for the prestigious Audie Award in the category of Solo Narration – Female. She earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Gathering by Anne Enright in which she was praised for “capturing [the author’s] every subtlety.”