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.
27 March 2015 06:09 PM
The group has just unveiled a billion dollar plan to help nurse the British countryside back to health, and could help influence the election
26 March 2015 12:00 PM
24 March 2015 07:44 PM
On TV, in museums, on the stage – Hellenic culture is all the rage because it still speaks to us, says Boyd Tonkin. And far from being exclusive or historical, it lies at the heart of modern Western values, showing to us 'our best selves'
The Heart of Man by Jon Kalman Stefansson - book review: Words from a remote island for a universal audience
24 March 2015 06:56 PM
Beautifully translated by Philip Roughton, Stefansson's immersive prose swells, thunders and sparkles with all the shifting moods of the sea on an Icelandic summer's day
20 March 2015 06:10 PM
There are now variety of eye-catching yarns about the peopling of these islands since the Ice Age ended
19 March 2015 04:00 PM
13 March 2015 06:07 PM
Progressive politics in Britain has now completely lost its sense of joy, and it leaves me hankering for a good old-fashioned moral panic stirred up by untamed youth
12 March 2015 12:12 AM
The prize can often signpost change in the literary balance of power
08 March 2015 12:00 AM
06 March 2015 06:21 PM
For all the strain they place on budgets for health and social care, could we treat the expanding regiment of old-old-timers not as a burden but a blessing?
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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