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Daniel James

Daniel James is an author and journalist from Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. A journalist for national newspapers and magazines for over a decade, James was a finalist for young UK news writer of the year before he became an author.

His debut novel, The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas, was published in a special edition by Valley Press in May 2022, with a companion publication Nothing Is More Real Than Nothing following in November 2022.

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Nothing Is More Real Than Nothing

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Nothing Is More Real Than Nothing is the first book devoted to The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by Daniel James. An international group of academics, artists, and writers present a selection of essays, fragments, fictions, and other writings on the subject of enigmatic artist Ezra Maas and his controversial biography. In this mind-bending new collection, the authors explore topics as wide-ranging as metaphysical detectives, authorship and identity, post-truth narratives, intertextuality, the value of art, celebrity culture, and gender equality in the art world. 

This volume includes contributions from Dr Daniel Barnes, PM Buchan, Matt Cook, Ted Curtis, Hanna ten Doornkaat, Dr Magdalena Harper, Maureen Hosay, Dr Helen Gorrill, Associate Professor Mike Jeffries, Amy Lord, Marc Nash, John Palmer, Meaghan Ralph, Nick Reeves, and Ian Roden. The collection features a new introduction by the editor of The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas.

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Praise for The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by Daniel James:

“With The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas, Daniel James has created a labyrinthine metafictional headf*ck that spills well beyond the confines of its own pages. It is by turns thought-provoking, original, and infuriating, and very possibly the work of a madman.”
— Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of Booker-shortlisted His Bloody Project

“The astonishing result is a maze of allusion and illusion. The ultimate postmodern noir novel (with femme fatales and body in a Hollywood pool)? It's left for the reader to decide. An ambitious, challenging, and beautifully-designed book.”
— Mark Sanderson, The Times

"A brilliant, genre-defying debut novel from a major new talent... a haunting and enigmatic noir and a stylish, multi-layered biography ... a future classic."
— Bryan Talbot, Eisner Award-Winning writer and artist

The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas

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Ezra Maas is dead. The famously reclusive artist vanished without a trace seven years ago while working on his final masterpiece, but his body was never found. While the Maas Foundation prepares to announce his death, journalist Daniel James finds himself hired to write the untold story of the artist's life – but this is no ordinary book. The deeper James delves into the myth of Ezra Maas, the more he is drawn into a nightmarish world of fractured identities and sinister doubles.

A chilling literary labyrinth, The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas blends postmodern noir with biography, newspaper clippings, artworks, photographs, letters, official documents, phone transcripts, emails, and handwritten notes, to create a book like no other before it.

This landmark, definitive edition of the novel features new material from the author and stunning visual content from an international cast of artists, including Hanna Ten Doornkaat, Mike Corrao, Laura Barnard, Nick Loaring, The Printed Word, Ella Holder and Tiny Golden Books. In 2022, Maas Lives...


“With The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas, Daniel James has created a labyrinthine metafictional headf*ck that spills well beyond the confines of its own pages. It is by turns thought-provoking, original and infuriating, and very possibly the work of a madman.”
— Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of Booker-shortlisted His Bloody Project

“The astonishing result is a maze of allusion and illusion. The ultimate postmodern noir novel (with femme fatales and body in a Hollywood pool)? It's left for the reader to decide. An ambitious, challenging, and beautifully-designed book.”
— The Times

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