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Julie Nicholson draws on dark moments in A Song for Jenny

30th June 2010

Author Julie Nicholson had doubts about including uncompromising and painful details in her tribute to her deceased daughter.

In A Song for Jenny, Nicholson explains how her 24-year-old daughter Jenny was killed in the 7/7 London bombings, leading her to question her role as a vicar and eventually resign from the position.

Speaking to the Scotsman, the writer said that she had reservations about including one incident in the book, when she met a young woman who apologised for surviving the attack when Jenny did not.

Nicholson details how she comforted the 'distressed' girl but had an 'awful feeling', even repulsion, that she was not holding her own daughter.

'I wasn't going to write it at first. She was the sweetest person,' the author told the newspaper. '[But] I thought it very important to show how frightening it can be to have those feelings.'

Last year, Nicholson spoke on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour about her reasons for stepping down as a parish priest, explaining that she felt she could not fill the post while remaining unable to forgive the people who killed her daughter.

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