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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Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. Photographed at his home in North London

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast

Back pages: for today’s readers, books are our time machine, the collection’s editors say

Murty Library aims to publish new editions of great Indian literature from 20 languages

Five handsome volumes begin an ambitious project to share with modern readers the rich, diverse treasures of Indian literature going back two millennia

With an angry bear in the backyard, all of Lithuania's other issues pale into near-irrelevance

From Vilnius, the world looks very different, and Russia can feel much more like the 'clear and present danger'

We ought to tame, shame and civilise the super-rich

But our rage blows hot and cold

Language of War, Language of Peace by Raja Shehadeh, book review: A steadfast faith in justice and reconciliation

Palestinian writer is a remarkable witness with an Orwell-like devotion to the truth

Are multinationals really eclipsing nation states? Don’t bet on it

When they choose to act, rather than surrender, elected governments may still have a matchless resilience against corporate tax dodgers

We’ll never see the like of Churchill again. Is that so bad?

No politician today would actually want to advance any Churchillian views

Owen Wilson (centre) in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

Inherent Vice movie: Can Paul Thomas Anderson do justice to Pynchon's wit and imagination?

'Boogie Nights' director is venturing where no previous filmmaker has dared

As audiences age, classical music is on an endless cycle of self-reinvention

The Philharmonie de Paris is the latest music complex trying to recruit a broader audience

The Girl Who Wasn't There by Ferdinand von Schirach, trans. Anthea Bell, book review

Berlin murder tale with a Gothic touch is a guilty pleasure

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'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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