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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007250819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007250813
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Song for Jenny is a raw and riveting account of a mother's anguish at her daughter's death" -- The Times

"...an extraordinarily moving memoir..." -- The Daily Mail

"...an unflinching book...Nicholson takes us into every mother's worst nightmare - the fruitless vigil, the DNA test..." -- The Sunday Times

"A Song for Jenny...examines intimately the terrain of that strange hostile land [of grief]: every exhausting hill and dangerous pothole, and conversely, every breathtaking viewpoint" -- Scotland on Sunday

About the Author

Julie Nicholson was the mother of Jenny, a gifted musician, who died in the 7/7 London bombings of 2005. She was also priest of two churches in Bristol, St Aidan's and St George's. Eight months after her daughter died Julie resigned from her position, unable to reconcile her grief and anger with her faith.

Julie continues to work with the church in a youth arts project. She lives with her husband Gregg in Bristol.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ChrisD on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Having heard Julie on Radio 4 I wanted to know how her faith had helped or hindered in this time of loss. You soon find out that the 'loss' was, husband, daughter and finally job. The book is a beautifully written account of the period of time from holiday happiness, realisation of loss and finally funeral. I did not get a clear answer to my question 'had faith helped?' but, I asked myself 'how would I emerge from such a tragedy in my life?' It made me realise that all I have of value in my life is the people that I love and if at the end of reading 'A Song for Jenny' I work that little bit harder showing that love/value then it is was well worth the read. I hope there is a second book dealing with my question about faith, if there is I will buy that too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
On July 6th 2005, Jenny Nicholson had everything to look forward to. She rejoiced at the news when it was announced that London was awarded the 2012 Olympics, but she was looking forward to her own big event in 2006 - her wedding. At precisely 8.50 the next morning, she was killed by a bomb.

This book, written by her mother a few years later, is very touching and also fascinating. The story is interspersed with memories of good times that are not directly relevant to the story itself, bur help to relieve the tension.

None of us can really know how we would react in comparable situations, but from my very different personal experiences, I can agree with her on two things. One is that some setbacks are so big that they affect you for the rest of your life, even though that may not show on the outside. The other is that she was right to be wary of the media. While the media may mean well, they have their own agenda and invariably twist things round. I believe she did a radio interview and that would at least have given her some control. My own limited experience of the media shows that newspapers do what they like. I saw things in newspapers about me that were utter nonsense, even though they were supposedly based on what I'd said. At least in my case, it was only a minor story that most people would quickly forget. I wouldn't like to be part of a major story, especially having seen how the media work.

I hadn't planned to buy this book, but I'm glad I did. I spent some time as a London commuter in the seventies when there were other bomb threats. It's scary to think what might have happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Fleming on 9 Nov. 2014
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Heartwrenching, honest account of shocking grief. Beautifully written and will stay with me for a very long time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Taylor on 17 Mar. 2012
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This wonderful but terribly painful book was a hugely moving experience for me.
Julie is so honest, and unafraid to describe the rawness and irreconcilable pain of bereavement.
She also paints a loving portrait of her daughter Jenny, who I felt I got to know as I read ...

Well worth reading, and Julie, you did Jenny proud ...
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