Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
28 August 2014 08:50 PM
26 August 2014 02:07 PM
British culture has lately taken not so much a child-like but a puerile turn in its reflex demonisation of all figures of authority. High-profile cases of corruption and malpractice have not only aroused righteous anger. They have licensed a petulant, even infantile, refusal to engage with the exercise of power for good as well as ill.
Jihadi John and his fellow Isis fighters from the UK are flippant, fanatical... and distinctly British
22 August 2014 07:43 PM
Street-smart attitudes and sarky takedowns have somehow fused with the grimmest tenets of sectarian doctrine
14 August 2014 04:00 PM
Site-specific art can sometimes be a waste of time and breath: a journey to nowhere. One of the revelations at this year's Happy Days festival, devoted to Samuel Beckett and held in and around Enniskillen in County Fermanagh (where he went to boarding school from 1920 to 1923), was the inspired choice of locations.
07 August 2014 09:00 PM
Iron Gustav: A Berlin Family Chronicle by Hans Fallada, trans. Philip Owens, with Nicholas Jacobs & Gardis Cramer von Laue, book review
07 August 2014 03:15 PM
01 August 2014 06:10 PM
We don't know what World War Three might look like, but here's my calculated guess...
01 August 2014 12:00 AM
Murakami returns with a harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication
25 July 2014 05:31 PM
You should cherish your hours of idleness even more keenly than usual this summer. For the work fetishists are on the warpath
23 July 2014 09:20 PM
Writers George Orwell, Laurie Lee and John Cornford - along with 2,300 other British volunteers - took up arms in the Spanish Civil War. But Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has since made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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