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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Jenny Erpenbeck: 'You get a feeling of how it is to be in the shadows'

Independent Foreign Fiction prize: Winner Jenny Erpenbeck finds beauty in Berlin

Erpenbeck won the prize for her novel The End of Days, and shared the £10,000 award with translator Susan Bernofsky

Alternative futures build into a chronicle of chance

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015: Winner Jenny Erpenbeck’s historical novel grips and dazzles

Poetic, gripping, visionary, this is a novel that will surely stand the test of time

An Indian bookseller waits for customers at a roadside stall on World Book and Copyright Day in Mumbai

Novel translation lets us know what is really happening in the world

Britons are now listening to what's happening outside of their borders with keener ears than ever

Anyone who bothers about the stones of Palmyra will also care about the souls of Tadmur

The distinction between a concern for the fate of people and of antiquities is a false dichotomy

Xavier Picard's film is faithful to the original cartoons in look and deadpan humour

Moomins on the Riviera: How Tove Jansson's creations beguiled the planet

The Moomins hit the big screen this week, and their journey from comic strips to cinemas is the opposite of a Disney-fied fairytale, as Boyd Tonkin discovers

Spot the masterpiece amid a $1bn orgy of patronage and hype

A handful of ‘ultra high net worth’ individuals fund the art market, which dwarfs in its riches the wildest fantasies of a Borgia pope

Returning to the scene of his youth: the Republic of Congo

The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou, trans. Helen Stevenson, book review

Alain Mabanckou's joyous, vivid narrative style brings to life a frank, tender memoir
(L-R) outgoing opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, British Prime Minister David Cameron and outgoing Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg attend a VE Day service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe

How Ancient Athenian democracy killed progressive England

When the three party leaders drained the hemlock within minutes, an ancient brutality seemed to return to UK politics

Unspeakable: interpreters disagree on whether protagonist Gregor Samsa transformed into a cockroach or another type of vermin

In The Shadow Of Kafka: David Baddiel explores The Metamorphosis for new BBC radio series

Boyd Tonkin looks at the genesis of Kafka's dark tale, and why its themes still creep and crawl around our culture
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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific