Pamela Travers was the creator of the universally loved fictional character, Mary Poppins. Yet the whimsical fantasies of the sugar and spice nanny bore no resemblance to Travers' real life childhood. Her mother was suicidal and needy; her father, an alcoholic rogue who died when she was seven. Pamela's imagination was her only refuge, a means of survival. And so, after virtually raising her two younger sisters she set about rewriting her life and the characters who populated it. Reinvention became a theme for PL Travers. She spent her life seeking out astrologers in California, Buddhists in Japan, was a lifelong devotee to a Russian spiritualist, and even lived for a short time with Navajo Indians in New Mexico.