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P.L. Travers

Born Pamela Lyndon Travers in Queensland, Australia on 9 August, 1899, P.L. Travers is an Australian-born British author best known for creating the magical nanny, Mary Poppins. Having lived most of her life in England, her children's books have a quintessential, magical charm that is at odds with her mysterious and prickly reputation.

A huge fan of fairy tales and animals, she published the first Mary Poppins book in 1934 and followed this with seven more stories, culminating in 1988's Mary Poppins and the House Next Door. The original story was adapted into a classic film by Walt Disney starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, while it has recently been announced that Emily Blunt will be starring in a belated sequel. P.L. Travers was made an OBE in 1934 and died in London on 23 April, 1996.



P.L. Travers Books

  • AHAXP 9 years +
    PL Travers
    9 years +
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    The Banks children, Jane and Michael, change nannies just about as often as most people change their clothes. It's not that they're naughty, exactly - just awkward. Everyone in the household is at their wits' end with them - until Mary Poppins arrives...The Classic tale from P.L Travers. This, the first book about Mary Poppins, will be familiar to everyone who has seen the film. For it is in this book that Jane and Michael draw up their advertisement for a nanny, and Mary Poppins appears out of the sky with her parrot-headed umbrella which talks. She is strict but fair, slides happily up the banisters, and takes the children on the most extraordinary outings - to a funfair inside a pavement picture; to uncle Andrew who sails up to the ceiling when he laughs - which she firmly denies afterwards. Needless to say, the children are devastated when she leaves, but by then, they and their parents are far more of a family than they ever were before Mary Poppins appeared.
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    This fantastic omnibus edition contains all six original Mary Poppins stories: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane / Mary Poppins and the House Next Door (2-in-1 edition). All magical children's classics, it's the perfect gift. 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. Familiar to anyone who has seen the film or the West End adaptation, you can now read all six of these wonderfully original tales about Jane and Michael's adventures with the magical Mary Poppins. In each book Mary takes the children on the most extraordinary outings: to a fun fair inside a pavement picture; to visit Uncle Andrew 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...Titles include: * Mary Poppins * Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane * Mary Poppins and the House Next Door * Mary Poppins Opens the Door * Mary Poppins in the Park * Mary Poppins Comes Back
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    PL Travers
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    This slipcase, using original artwork, contains all six original Mary Poppins stories: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane / Mary Poppins and the House Next Door (2-in-1 edition). All magical children's classics, it's the perfect collectable gift. 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. You can now read all six of these wonderfully original tales about Jane and Michael's adventures with the magical Mary Poppins. In each book Mary takes the children on the most extraordinary outings: to a fun fair inside a pavement picture; to visit Uncle Andrew 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...Beautifully presented in a slipcase with original artwork, this is the perfect gift to be enjoyed all year round.
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    P. L. Travers
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    Mary Poppins returns to Cherry Tree Lane and adventures are sure to follow! The second book in the original Mary Poppins series. On sailed the curious figure, its feet neatly clearing the tops of the trees. They could see the face now, and the well-known features - coal-black hair, bright blue eyes and nose turned upwards like the nose of a Dutch doll. The figure drifted down between the lime trees and alighted primly down upon the grass. "Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins!" they cried, and flung themselves upon her.
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    PL Travers
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    The original best-loved classic about the world's most famous nanny - Mary Poppins. When Jane and Michael Banks draw up an advertisement for a nanny, Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella appear out of the sky, ready to take them on extraordinary adventures. Mary Poppins is strict but fair, and soon the Banks children are whisked off to a funfair inside a pavement picture and on many more outings with their wonderful new nanny! Needless to say, when at last 'the wind changes' and she flies away, the children are devastated. But the magic of Mary Poppins will stay with the Banks family forever. The original story of the world's most famous nanny, Mary Poppins, is a timeless classic that has enchanted generations.
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    PL Travers
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    For the first time since the war, the Christmas peal is ringing at St Paul's Cathedral. There is joy. There is new hope. It is Christmas Eve, the carol service has ended, and a woman with three small boys leaves the cathedral, the children swooping like pigeons. 'Why weren't there any wild animals at the crib? Haven't they got something to give?' asked one of the children. And I heard myself say, 'Yes, they have.' Was it true, what I told them? Did I dream it? Where it came from I do not know but I seemed to remember every word, just as if I had heard it ...Outside the cathedral, the children are told the nativity story from a unique perspective: that of a fox. Despite the scorn of the other animals, he enters the stable to offer the child a gift that only he can give.
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    PL Travers
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    Mary Poppins is back in the third book in the classic series. Up in the sky a tiny spark hovered and swayed in the darkness. What could it be...? Still they waited. And still the spark grew ever larger and brighter. Then suddenly Jane caught her breath. And Michael gave a gasp. Down came the spark, growing longer and wider. And as it came, it took on a shape that was strange and also familiar. Out of the glowing core of light emerged a curious figure - a figure in a black straw hat and a blue coat trimmed with silver buttons.
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    Two slim volumes now published as one, with plenty of stories about the world-famous nanny! Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane Going to the Park for a supper picnic proves to be more than just the expected treat when Mary Poppins is around! The strangest people turn up, and Jane and Michael have a wonderful time. Mary Poppins and the House Next Door Luti, the child who comes to live at No. 18 Cherry Tree Lane with Mr Banks's much-feared elderly Governess, longs to go home to the South Seas. So Mary Poppins takes him and the Banks children on a spectacular trip to the Man-in-the-Moon!
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    PL Travers
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    Things happen to the Banks children when they go to the park with Mary Poppins. Strange things, funny things, unexpected things: nothing is ever straightforward with Mary Poppins about - and it's never boring either! Mary Poppins, neat and prim in her blue skirt and a new hat trimmed with a crimson tulip, looked at them over her knitting. She was sitting bolt upright against the tree, with a plaid rug spread on the lawn around her. Her handbag sat tidily by her side. And above her, from a flowering branch, the parrot umbrella dangled. She gave a little sniff. The stories in this collection happened during all three of the visits Mary Poppins made to the Banks family. Jane and Michael are never quite sure whether what happens to them in the Park is just a dream - or not; things are never straightforward with Mary Poppins!
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    P. L. Travers
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    Friends come in many guises. In these autobiographical stories, three characters - an eccentric great aunt, a Chinese cook and a foul-mouthed ex-jockey - assert a lifelong influence on the narrator, as she looks back over her childhood. Much like Mary Poppins, each comes into the child's life just when she needs them most. And each, however unlikely, becomes a friend and a champion to the young girl. Charming, tender and moving, these stories, which were given to the author's friends as Christmas gifts, contain all the hallmarks you'd expect from such a magical writer. They are also fascinating for anybody who, after watching Saving Mr Banks, wants to find out more about Travers' early life. And best of all, you will meet the woman who was the inspiration for Mary Poppins.