Monday 23 April 2018

An engrossing spoonful of PL TRAVERS

Winningly told by Victoria Coren Mitchell, The Secret Life of Mary Poppins (BBC Two) recounted the strange story of PL Travers, who had begun her literary career by writing poetry that was admired by AE and Yeats and also tried her hand at erotica.

At the age of 40, this single woman also adopted a son – a grandson of Yeats's friend Joseph Hone and one of a set of twins, though she refused to take the other twin and turned out not to be a good mother, anyway.

Unhappy in her own childhood and famously prickly, she's the subject of the current movie, Saving Mr Banks, where she's played by Emma Thompson, whose performance has been much-praised. This engrossing BBC profile will do me, though.

Irish Independent

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