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Nothing Is More Real Than Nothing

by Daniel James

An exclusive, limited-edition companion piece to The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas.

Available exclusively from this website – 50% off listed price when entering code FINAL50 at checkout.

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


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.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2022-11-01

ISBN: 9781915606006

Catalogue Number: VP0201

Number of Pages: 272

Cover design: Peter Barnfather with thanks to Mike Corrao
Cover photography: Envela Castel

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