The New Yorker has a good article, “Becoming Mary Poppins” about P.L Travers, her creation and the Disney movie. I only found out a couple years ago that Travers was Australian and am yet to read her novels (so I didn’t know things like Mary Poppins was a shapeshifter, not a nanny), but they sound interesting. I resist claiming her as some kind of beginning of Australian fantasy, or Australian YA literature, if only because she so firmly resisted being Australian. It seems disrespectful somehow.

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