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Up In Smoke: Stories From a Life on Fire (Hardcover)
'Hilarious' Russell Brand
'Fascinating, funny, moving' Richard Herring
'Totally engaging, highly inspiring and impossible to put down' Nazir Afzal OBE
Leigh Hosy-Pickett has seen it all in his twenty-five years as a firefighter. He's battled infernos and pulled people from the wreckage of twisted metal but the closest he ever came to death was at the hands of a confused hen do. Now he's here to tell us the funniest, most eye-opening and moving stories from a life lived amongst the smoke.
From blazes involving sex toys, to navigating cannabis farm security measures, this brilliantly warm and entertaining book by a third-generation firefighter is a celebration of the everyday heroism of our Fire Service. But it is also a clear-eyed and honest record of the many sacrifices made in the line of duty and the consequences of that heroism.
'A likeable and illuminating account' TLS
'A real insight into the day to day commitment of our firefighters' Nick Knowles
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN CATS UP TREES
About the Author
Leigh Hosy-Pickett is a third-generation fire fighter who has worked in the fire service for more than twenty-five years. Up In Smoke is his first book, and you can find him on Twitter @Hosy_Pickett.
A fascinating, funny, moving, and occasionally horrifying glimpse into the work of our fire service, told with sensitivity and humour by one of those unassuming heroes who will run into a fire to save someone they've never even met—Richard Herring
A firefighter's life is well worth a book. Firefighters may be lionized and occasionally fetishized, but on the whole their work is less known or written about than that of the other emergency services. They see all of human life, often in its rawest and most extreme states...Up in Smoke is a likeable and illuminating account, nevertheless - one that will leave readers admiring of firefighters' skill and grit—TLS