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.
05 March 2015 12:00 AM
Knausgaard's talent and torment focus, and finally ignite, an everyday story of growing up smart, but growing up sad
04 March 2015 11:15 PM
03 March 2015 08:00 PM
Douglas Coupland's new book, 'The Age of Earthquakes', invents a series of words and phrases to fit the present age. Boyd Tonkin creates his own post-modern portmanteaus
01 March 2015 08:07 PM
Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
25 February 2015 11:00 PM
Five handsome volumes begin an ambitious project to share with modern readers the rich, diverse treasures of Indian literature going back two millennia
20 February 2015 06:17 PM
From Vilnius, the world looks very different, and Russia can feel much more like the 'clear and present danger'
13 February 2015 06:16 PM
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
05 February 2015 02:00 PM
30 January 2015 05:47 PM
When they choose to act, rather than surrender, elected governments may still have a matchless resilience against corporate tax dodgers
23 January 2015 04:48 PM
No politician today would actually want to advance any Churchillian views
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests