A HARTLEPOOL ex-pat is celebrating national acclaim after being named one of Britain's best crime writers.
Paul Brazill, 48, will see his work published in the eighth edition of The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime, which is edited by Maxim Jakubowski, in March.
Paul's short story, called Guns of Brixton, will be featured in the prestigious anthology alongside work from best-selling crime writers including Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, David Hewson, Christopher Brookmyre, Simon Kernick and AL Kennedy.
Paul, who now lives in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he teaches English, said: "I only started writing at the end of 2008 so I'm really chuffed with how everything has gone.
"Plus, I'm currently writing a crime novel which has attracted the interest of a top New York agent, so things are looking good at the moment."
Prior to moving abroad, the former pupil of Hartlepool's Rift House, Lynnfield and Dyke House schools lived in London for 10 years after leaving Hartlepool in the early 1990s, where he was a welfare rights worker.
He has had stories published in the Byker Books collection, Radgepacket Volume Four and the American anthologies Caught By Darkness, Flash!, Howl – Dark Tales Of The Feral And Infernal, Dusted and Don't Tread On Me.
His stories have appeared in a number of online and print magazines including A Twist Of Noir, Beat To A Pulp, Crime Factory, Dark Valentine magazine, Needle Magazine, Powder Burn Flash, Pulp Metal magazine, and Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers.
Paul's short story The Tut was nominated for a 2010 Spinetingler award, which recognises established and up-and-coming authors.
His web blog, You Would Say That, Wouldn't You? has featured interviews with writers including Tony Black, Matt Hilton, Simon Wood, Kim Newman, Sheila Quigley and The Guardian film critic Anne Billson.
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