Mary Poppins, She Wrote
The true story of the Australia writer, P L Travers, creator of the quintessentially English nanny.
This biography has had many incarnations. Like Mary Poppins herself, it never really goes away. First published by Hodder Headline in 1999 as Out of the Sky She Came, it was published by Aurum in the United Kingdom in 2005 and by Simon & Schuster in the United States in 2006. The latter two imprints coincided with the opening of Mary Poppins the Musical, first in London then in New York. The latest Hachette edition, with a new afterword, was published in 2010 to coincide with the opening of the musical in Australia.
A new edition will be published in the United States and Australia to coincide with the release of the movie, Saving Mr Banks. The movie depicts scenes from Travers’ youth and her battle with Walt Disney who obtained the rights to Mary Poppins in 1959. Travers’ relationship with her father and with Disney are both covered extensively in my biography.