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Desert Island Discs

300 EpisodesProduced by BBC Radio 4Website

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.


Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, firefighter

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is the Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. She is one of the most senior women in the Fire and Rescue Service in the UK.

After spending some time living on the streets as a teenager, her work as a firefighter began at the age of 18, after she had applied to 31 different fire services. During her career, her interest in psychology and fascination with how people make choices in stressful situations led to her studying for a degree, followed by a PhD. Her research into risk, decision-making under extreme pressure and human error has won awards and she has shared her findings with fire services in other countries.
She is also an ambassador for The Big Issue magazine, in the wake of her own experiences of homelessness.

DISC ONE: Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
DISC TWO: J Balvin and Willy William - Mi Gente
DISC THREE: The Clash - Bankrobber
DISC FOUR: IDLES - Samaritans
DISC FIVE: Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
DISC SIX: Oasis - Don’t Look Back in Anger
DISC SEVEN: Stereophonics - Local Boy in the Photograph
DISC EIGHT: Toots and the Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number

BOOK CHOICE: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
LUXURY ITEM: A photo album
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Bankrobber by The Clash

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Sarah Taylor

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