A Song for Jenny: A Mother's Story Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Jenny told her mum that she thought she ought to write a book - well her mum did just that and wow would she be proud!
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.
The author was persistent in discovering every detail about the incident, the scene, and her daughter's injuries.
There were two tragedies in this appalling event - the death of a young girl, heading for another day at work in Central London,
and her mother's loss of faith, ability to forgive, and felt need to resign her calling as a Church of England minister. Reading between the lines, the incident also resulted in the ending of the author's already troubled marriage. Had Julie Nicholson remembered her God's promise 'Never to leave or forsake her' what a shining light and encouragement she would have been to so many caught up in similar tragedies.
poignant and readable account. I defy anybody to read this book and not be physically moved by the content. Many reviewers say that they could not put a book down as they were gripped by the content. I had to put the book down as I could only manage small portions at a time.
We must not forget that, besides Jenny, 51 other people were also murdered by terrorists. Each family has a loss of a loved one and a personal grief to endure. The book ends with the quotation from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 of the Bible. We are all born and will certainly all die one day but the
point is we do not know when or how we will die. Nothing can take away the personal grief of a loved one dying but when it does arrive let us try to accept it with dignity. Julie Nicholson really shows how it should be done but also vividly expresses that love never dies. Four terrorists
murdered 52 innocent people and wrecked 52 families on this dreadful day. Thank goodness for the compassion of the British public.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a very sensitive portrayal of a mothers grief and loss. I particularly enjoyed the attitude of Julie Nicholson, and her honesty in what is an impossible situation,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbi Lucas
Having lost my 24 year old son very suddenly almost 5 months ago, I could relate to so much of what Julie wrote.
She writes of her fears and grief without any frills. Read more
Heartbreaking and so poignant in every way. Such incredible detail in the telling of this story, a mother doing the last thing she can for her dear daughter.Published 8 months ago by Julie
Absolutely heart rending! However, a very warm account of a mother's love and extreme distress at the loss of a very much adored daughter. It moved me to tears many times.Published 8 months ago by Wendy Bartlett
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