It’s no surprise that the TV rights to this memoir by the firefighter Sabrina Cohen-Hatton have been snapped up; her life story is more dramatic than most soap operas. Homeless at 15 after the death of her father, she sold the Big Issue on the streets for two years before joining the fire service, the first woman ever to serve in her Welsh valleys posting: “I wanted to help rescue other people because no one had rescued me.” In 18 years, she has attended countless incidents, from warehouse fires to road accidents. She has risen up the ranks to become deputy chief fire officer in Surrey, and has led major incident rooms for the Westminster and Finsbury Park terror attacks.

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AuthorAlice O'Keeffe