Mary Poppins, She Wrote is an incredibly
dense detailed biography of P.L. Travers. Upon reading this book, you will really feel like you know P.L. Travers by the end. I requested this on impulse after the hubby and I watched Saving Mr. Banks. (Which is an excellent movie by the way; I highly recommend it!)
So the perks are that I learned a lot about P.L. Travers by reading this book.... and that's also a downside. Turns out she wasn't the most likable, sane, or sensible woman. She traveled quite a bit and had an interesting circle of friends, most all of whom were authors themselves, so there's that.
I'm writing this review about a month after reading the book and I really can't think of much else to say. It was almost a hard book to get through because it's so detailed. There's not a day in P.L. Traver's life that isn't chronicled here. But it's also forgettable. And I think I remember it being a bit jumpy with the timeline; that the author may have doubled back on herself a couple of times. Not a terrible book; not a great book. I'd recommend it to a student doing a biography or a literary criticism paper, but I don't know that I'd recommend it for pleasure reading.
*I received my copy from my public library.