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P. L. Travers - Author

About the Author

P.L. Travers was born in 1899 in Maryborough in Queensland, Australia and was one of three sisters. She was brought up simply, but traditionally, with a cook upon whom much of the character of Mary Poppins is based. She began her writing career in Australia, publishing many poems, then came to England and wrote for newspapers in Ireland and England. She began Mary Poppins 'out of the blue', while lying ill in bed. It was published in 1934, was an immediate success and was followed by another five books.

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Mary Poppins Illustrated Gift Edition

Mary Poppins Illustrated Gift Edition

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

An exquisite flagship gift edition of an iconic classic, illustrated by the current Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks's lives are turned magically upside down. Who better to reimagine this endearing children's classic than today's most instantly recognisable and best-loved artist-illustrator? Lauren Child brings the magic of Mary Poppins into the hearts and imagination of readers and fans new and old. First published in 1934, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers ever since, both in books and on film. This stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Disney film Mary Poppins Returns.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Author: P. L. Travers Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/07/2018

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! Read by Olivia Colman, this stunning performance lifts P. L Travers's words off the page, transporting us back to a time where classic storytelling is at the heart of any story. When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins into the home of the Banks children, their lives go topsy-turvy and are changed forever. More than eighty years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming listeners and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone's favourite magical nanny.

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane / Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane / Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! The original and classic stories available now in all-new luxurious livery in time for the release of the 2018 movie. Mary Poppins is in residence in Cherry Tree Lane. You can be sure that wonderful adventures will follow, from fantastical picnics to a trip to see the Man-in-the-Moon! More than eighty years since we first met Mary Poppins, these original, classic stories are still charming readers and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone's favourite magical nanny. Enjoy two stories in the fifth book in the iconic series.

Mary Poppins in the Park

Mary Poppins in the Park

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/12/2016

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! The original and classic stories available now in all-new luxurious livery in time for the release of the 2018 movie. Whether it's a lion loose in the park or story-book characters coming to life, when Mary Poppins is in residence in Cherry Tree Lane, you can be sure that wonderful adventures will follow. More than eighty years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming readers and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone's favourite magical nanny. Enjoy the fourth book in the iconic series.

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! The original and classic stories available now in all-new luxurious livery in time for the release of the 2018 movie. On a dark November night, Mary Poppins returns in a burst of fireworks to restore order - and a sprinkling of magic - to the residents of Cherry Tree Lane. More than eighty years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming readers and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone's favourite magical nanny. Enjoy the third book in the iconic series.

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! The original and classic stories available now in all-new luxurious livery in time for the release of the 2018 movie. Just when Jane and Michael Banks thought she was gone forever, Mary Poppins floats back into their lives on the end of a kite string, bringing a whole host of wonderful adventures with her. More than eighty years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming readers and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone's favourite magical nanny. Enjoy the second book in the iconic series.

Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection Box Set

Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection Box Set

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 25/08/2016

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! 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). 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.

I Go by Sea, I Go by Land

I Go by Sea, I Go by Land

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

'James and I stayed on at home and everything was quiet and sunny and we got to thinking the war would never come after all . . . Just when we were so sure nothing would happen, the German plane came over. It came over one night at one o'clock in the morning and the sound was quite different from an English plane and we all woke up. You could hear it drumming and drumming like a big bee in a flower, buroom, buroom, buroom, round and round in the air above the house. Then suddenly there were five loud explosions. After that there was a terrible silence and I knew that Father and Mother were looking at each other in the darkness and I felt myself getting small and tight inside. Then Father said quietly, Meg, they must go! ' Now I am going to write a Diary because we are going to America because of the War. It has just been decided. I will write down everything about it because we shall be so much older when we come back that I will never remember it if I do not. So this is the beginning. Oh, please let us come back soon, please.' This is the fictional diary of Sabrina Lind, an eleven-year-old English girl who, with her little brother James, is sent on the long voyage across the sea to her aunt in America.

Mary Poppins in the Park

Mary Poppins in the Park

Author: P. L. Travers Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. This classic series tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. Only the incomparable Mary Poppins can lead the Banks children on one marvelous adventure after another. Together they meet the Goosegirl and the Swineherd, argue with talking cats on a distant planet, make the acquaintance of the folks who live under dandelions, and celebrate a birthday by dancing with their own shadows. And that's just for starters!

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane

Author: P. L. Travers Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2013

This classic series tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. She's back! Mary Poppins, everyone's favorite nanny, has returned to take the Banks children on another unforgettable adventure. On the most magical of nights, Midsummer's Eve, all kinds of strange things can happen-mythical visitors come down from the heavens and animals speak. But Mary Poppins takes it all in stride, drawing everyone, even the trembling Park Keeper, into the spirit of a romantic and magical holiday.

Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

Author: P. L. Travers Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2013

Mary Poppins, the unflappable nanny of the Banks children, is back again! It is a day like any other for Mary Poppins and the Banks family in Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane-until a telegram arrives with the momentous news that Miss Andrews, the Holy Terror, is coming to live in the house next door. The house has always been empty and so has become the treasure of Cherry-Tree Lane-each neighbor has filled it with personal dreams. But now peace in the lane is gravely threatened. Can Mary Poppins, in her own magical, whimsical way, resolve the crisis?

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Author: P. L. Travers Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2013

Another timeless story about Mary Poppins, the world's most exciting nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. Jane, Michael, and the twins have never had such a wonderful nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement everywhere she goes. In Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins reappears just in time! According to her tape measure, Jane and Michael have grown "e;Worse and Worse"e; since she went away. But the children won't have time to be naughty with all that Mary has planned for them. A visit to Mr. Twigley's music box-filled attic, an encounter with the Marble Boy, and a ride on Miss Calico's enchanted candy canes are all part of an average day out with everyone's favorite nanny.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Author: P. L. Travers Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2013

The timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Author: P. L. Travers Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2013

Another timeless story about Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. Jane, Michael, and the twins have never had such a wonderful nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement everywhere she goes. In Mary Poppins Comes Back, the beloved nanny returns when she's pulled down from the clouds by the string of Michael's kite. In her care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons. Surprises are sure to pop up when Mary Poppins is around!

Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection

Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Discover the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins in the classic adventures! 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). 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

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2004

Reissue of this classic, magical book to tie in with the eagerly awaited West End musical, which is set to be a huge Christmas success. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Disney, written by Academy Award-winning writer Julian Fellowes. This is the first book about Mary Poppins, familiar to anyone who has seen the film. Jane and Michael draw up their advertisement for a nanny, and Mary Poppins magically descends from the sky with her parrot-headed, talking umbrella. She slides happily up the banisters, and 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. Needless to say, the children are devastated when she leaves, but by then, with her strict but fair, no-nonsense attitude, she's changed the lives of the family for ever.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/1998

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Mary Poppins Comes Back

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/1994

On snailed 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 upon the grass. Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins! they cried, and flung themselves upon her...

Mary Poppins in the Park

Mary Poppins in the Park

Author: P. L. Travers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/1983

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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