Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.

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The UK was formed in nationalist fires, and today is no different

In future histories of this election, the two-faced front pages of The Sun will occupy a special place

Dunluce Castle - or House of Greyjoy, as Game of Thrones fans will know it

Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

A bloody series of internecine feuds, filmed in a land with a bloody history of internecine feuds. Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland, asks Boyd Tonkin?

War, famine, and drought – the unholy trinity changing our world

In sites of upheaval, the roots of conflict may knit together beyond all disentanglement, yet some things are always clear

There’s no future without a numbing dose of nostalgia

Welcome to Camberwick Green, but with an upgraded cottage hospital, a swanky rebuilt station and super-fast broadban

The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi, trans. Jonathan Wright, book review

The young Kuwaiti author gives the silent army of servants a voice at last

Nobel laureate Günter Grass whose death at the age of 87 was confirmed on Monday

Gunter Grass dies: A literary giant who shone a fearless light into Germany's dark past

He left an inspirational stamp on two generations of novelists, from John Irving in the US to Orhan Pamuk in Turkey

Proving his metal: Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner in the BBC series) epitomises the risk-taking spirit of 18th-century mine owners

Heroic and tragic truth behind Poldark: Cornishmen shaped mining in Britain and pushed boundaries the world over

If you look beyond the bodice-ripping and family feuds, the BBC's 'Poldark' delves into a fascinating period of Cornwall's mining past. Boyd Tonkin looks at the real quarrying dynasties in a region that was once at the cutting edge of capitalism
A police forensics officer entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London

Hatton Garden jewellery burglary: Gems still glitter in a digital world – and not just for thieves

The Hatton Garden theft seems like a crime of nostalgia. The sheer materiality of the deed and the loot belong to a disappearing world

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015: It’s a global book prize, not just European

Whichever continent may triumph on 27 May, I warmly recommend them all

Anarchy in the UK? It could be the best government we’ve had

Whatever the interval between the election and the formation of a government, it could be an opportunity to embrace anarchy – and like it

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