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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,118 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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I have just finished reading this book - it's 7th July 2010 - five years to the day since the suicide bombers took the lives of Julie's daughter and 51 other innocent people in London. `A Song for Jenny ` is a mother's account of her life for five weeks and six days - from that beautiful summer morning until her daughters funeral. I have wrinkled the pages with tears for Jenny and for my own daughter who was killed in an accident a few months later. There is so much in this book that resonates for me and will for any mother who has lost a child. It is so descriptive and beautifully written that I could have been standing in Julie's shoes looking out of the window that morning watching the birds and remembering holidays gone by; but then, of course, she took me with her into the waiting, the hope, despair, the anger, the disbelief and the guilt for being so focused on the one child who had gone. Julie's description of the pain and longing is heart-wrenching to read but with equal skill brings Jenny to life on the page. Even though the account concludes with Jenny's funeral, the reader knows that Julie must have Jenny very securely in her heart to have written this and that gives us hope. That a mother can survive the loss of her daughter in such terrible circumstances and go on to write such a moving account of the experience is an inspiration to us all.

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!
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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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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2014
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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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A brilliantly written book of a tragic incident. A problem on her usual Underground Line took the author's daughter, Jenny, to an alternative train -and the same carriage where the bomber sat waiting.... Jenny stood reading her book... until the blast.
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.
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I read this book after I had seen the recent drama documentary on TV. To say that it is a story does not do it justice because it is not just a story. It is an account of a mother's love for her daughter following the July 2005 London transport bombings. The love of Jenny's family is absolute and without question. The book covers matters in minute detail but it is the trivia which makes it such a
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.
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